Tobacco Crop Failure

Wagga Wagga Advertiser

4 November 1890

The tobacco crop in this district (the Tumut Times says) is again going to be a failure. The character of the season has been prejudicial to the growth of the young plants, and in every direction the fungoid parasite which destroyed the crop last year is rapidly developing.

At Gocup we are informed by Mr. S. Gordon that the plants have already succumbed to the pest, and on good authority we can state that there will be no crop harvested in Tumut this year; and, as far as we learn, it is highly probable there will be very little anywhere.

This failure cannot be regarded as a calamity - it is really a blessing in disguise, for the Sydney manufacturers, who combine together to grind down the growers to prices, which mean ruin to the industry, will shortly have to give a fair figure for the leaf stored up in sheds awaiting "a turn in the tide".