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Tobacco plants in Johnston, Wilson show signs of virus

Posted June 23, 2008

— Some tobacco plants in Johnston and Wilson county have been infected with viruses that can turn leaves brown and reduce yield.

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service reported Monday that while only 10 percent of plants show signs of either Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) or Tobacco Streak Virus (TSV),  the rate is higher than at this time last year.


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  • r u crazy too Jun 24, 2008

    Somehow, I've got a feeling that if God didn't want us smoking, he come up with a different "sign" than a virus that only affects 10% of the plants. God doesn't exactly do subtle little hints!

  • drbadvibes Jun 24, 2008

    It's not the fault of the farmers nor the cigarette manufacturers that people are stupid enough to continue smoking.
    God has nothing to do with this, he has more important thing to do.

  • patriotsrevenge Jun 24, 2008

    Amen Bob!!

  • Bob Sidel Jun 24, 2008

    This could be a sign from God that he doesnt want these tobacco farmers to continue making money off a deadly substance.