Direct seeding of pelleted tobacco seed into the float transplant system has become common in Kentucky. Direct seeding reduces labor compared to the plug and transfer method, but it increases the risk involved and requires more management by the producer. Uniform germination, and ultimately a high percentage of useable transplants are the keys to success with direct seeding.
Pearce, Robert C.; Cui, M.; and Bush, Lowell P., "Influence of Dibble Shape and Depth on the Germination and Seedling Establishment of Burley Tobacco in the Float System" (1996). Agronomy Notes. 25.