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Tobacco sits waiting for cropping last week, its leaves yellowing from the sun and not nearly enough rain. Farmers are hard at work getting tobacco out of the field and prepared for market. With the arrival of August comes the opening of many of the state’s tobacco markets. In Sampson, flue-cured tobacco remains king, ranked No. 1 in the state for its production in 2015, with 13,600 acres harvested.