Water Damage: Drowning & Wet Feet

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.)

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