Daviess Countians Try Raising Tobacco

In 1930, Missouri farmers grew over 5,000 acres of tobacco. A few people of Daviess County had hopes of tobacco becoming a stable local crop. Two men especially had hopes of achieving this goal. They planted a 3-acre plot of tobacco. By September, their prospects for a tobacco crop looked very favorable.

In 1930, Missouri farmers grew over 5,000 acres of tobacco. A few people of Daviess County had hopes of tobacco becoming a stable local crop. Two men especially had hopes of achieving this goal. They planted a 3-acre plot of tobacco. By September, their prospects for a tobacco crop looked very favorable.

Tobacco experts who visited the county reported the crop as being of excellent quality. The two men had an acre and one-half of the crop stored in their barns for curing. It was cut September 10, and would remain in the barns until the middle of November when it would be graded and made ready for market which would open at Weston around December 10. A man would be sent from Weston to grade the farmer’s product.

While the crop was still in the field, a veteran tobacco raiser had inspected and estimated the three acres would yield a total of 1,500 pounds. The estimated value would be 15 cents per pound making the total selling price $750.

From the Jameson Gem, 1931 “Missouri Tobacco Crop.” Researched by Wilbur Bush, Gallatin (2003)