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05/12/14 — Wayne farmers report tobacco plant shortage

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Wayne farmers report tobacco plant shortage

By Steve Herring
Published in News on May 12, 2014 1:46 PM

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Juan Francisco Ramirez, right, follows behind the transplanter to make sure the young tobacco plants are inserted one plant to a hole as Gudardo Hernández, left, loads the plants into the machine Friday morning on a farm off Hinnant Road in Pikeville.

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Gerald Ballance drives a tractor pulling a transplanter on his farm off of Hinnant Road near Pikeville Friday morning. A tobacco shortage is threatening the profits of many Wayne County growers this season.

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Jose Soria Nuñez transplants tobacco on the Ballance Farm.

The heart of the tobacco belt is beating a bit uneasily these days as a shortage of tobacco plants is threatening to turn what had been an expected 2-3 percent increase in acreage in Wayne County to a loss...

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