Cigar Tobacco Yield

Asked July 25, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

How many lbs of cigar tobacco does an acre yield (before drying)? How much weight is loss during the curing process? What is the ratio of tobacco pounds to barn space?
Thank you in advance!

Outside United States

1 Response

Cigar wrapper tobacco grown in KY and TN is mostly dark fire-cured tobacco. This tobacco is different from the cigar filler, binder, and wrapper tobacco grown in CT and other parts of the world. In KY and TN, approximately 80% of the fresh (green) weight is lost during curing. Cured leaf weight per acre for cigar wrapper-style tobacco grown in KY and TN is approximately 3,000 lbs per acre total, but not all of the yield is suitable for cigar wrapper, only the upper 30 to 40 % of the plant, so cigar wrapper yield is generally between 1,000 and 1,500 lbs/A. For stalk harvested tobacco grown in KY and TN, an acre of tobacco cured on the stick would occupy an area of approximately 18,000 ft3 (30.ft x 30 ft. x 20 ft.) during curing.