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METHODS OF CURING TOBACCO.
Tobacco goes through certain processes of fermentation from the
time it is cut until it is ready for the manufacturer. During this time
it is said to be curing and aging. Very little is known about the chemical
changes that occur in these processes. A great deal of work has
been done by scientific men in studying them, but beyond the bare fact
that they are similar to what goes on in wine and in the ripening of
cream and the aging of cheese little has been discovered. It is a very
important field of research and deserves a thorough investigation.
Upon the skill with which this curing and aging is managed depends
in a large measure the value of the tobacco to the manufacturer.
Farmers, as a rule, par little attention to the matter and lose the profit
that might otherwise be theirs. The curing comes usually when farm
work in general is not pressing, and it is therefore the more deserving
Only general principles can be discussed in the present bulletin, for
the minor details, however important in the work of handling tobacco,
must be mastered by actual experience, under the supervision of an
expert. The following suggestions will be found to apply to widely
separated localities and to tobaccos intended for very different trades
JURING THE NORTHERN CIGAR TOBACCO.
Theoretically each tobacco plant in the cigar tobacco districts produces
the filler, binder, and wrapper necessary for the manufacture of a
cigar. The best leaves are to be used for wrappers, the second quality
for binders, while the remaining leaves are for fillers. Practically,
however, it takes leaves of very different qualities and properties to
make the best filler and the best wrapper. A soil which will produce
the best grade of wrapper is not likely to produce a filler of corresponding
value. A soil which will produce a filler of fine quality will produce
a wrapper leaf which is too heavy, strong, and dark for our present
market demands. On account of the difference in the soils different
grades of tobacco are produced in the different northern tobacco districts.
The main sorts of the Connecticut Valley crop are a wrapper
and a binder leaf. This does not mean that good fillers are not raised
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United States. Department of Agriculture. Methods of curing tobacco., book, 1898; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6321/m1/3/: accessed February 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.