Although not an heirloom variety (released in
1986) like most of the other varieties I grow and offer 'Tennessee
86' (TN 86) is a great open-pollinated burley tobacco variety to
grow and has good disease resistance. TN 86 was one of the main
varieties we grew here on our farms when we were still raising
tobacco as a cash crop.
TN 86 is a late maturing burley variety with
an extreme upright growth habit which aids in less breakage and
loss of leaves during harvest. TN 86 has a high yield potential
and should be topped at about 22 to 26 leaves; higher topping will
result in overly large plants that are difficult to manage and
TN 86 is a lighter green in the field
compared to other burley tobaccos. The cured leaf is generally
TN 86, was the first burley tobacco variety
to have resistance to TVMV (tobacco vein mottling virus) and TEV
(tobacco etch virus) and PVY (potato virus Y ) diseases. TN 86
also is resistant to black shank (Race 0 and Race 1), black root
rot and wildfire.
TN 86 was was developed by Prof Robert Miller
at the Tobacco Experiment Station in Greeneville, Tennessee and
the original cross and subsequent backcross were made by Dr.
Creighton Gupton, former USDA-ARS burley tobacco breeder at the
Tobacco Experiment Station in Greeneville.
'Tennessee 86' (TN 86) was released by the
Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station as a commercial variety
in February 1986.