Standing water can drown tobacco within a 12 hour period. However,
soils that stay saturated for a period of time can
also cause root collapse and tissue death in plant stalks. In both cases tobacco may flop, a conditions where leaves droop
down the stalk. Drowned tobacco will not recover, but tobacco with wet feet may recover during the night. Wet feet is a
different degree of the same problem. Tobacco close to harvest should be harvest quickly to prevent further loss. However,
if sunscald has occurred, a three day period is needed to bleach damaged tissue to prevent green in the cured leaf. Rot
may develop on the damaged tobacco if it is allowed to stand for a long period before harvest.
(Picture taken by Doug Shepherd, Hardin Co.)