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    Virginia: Crops in Good Condition with Warm Temps, Timely Rains – US-DA

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 28, 2013.

    Virginia experienced seasonable weather this week. Rainfall was scattered throughout the state; most areas experienced about 1 inch of total rain, except for southeastern Virginia which reported total rain in excess of 4 inches. Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.3. Warm weather and timely showers were beneficial to the crops; the majority of the crops were in good condition.

    Farmers continued to make hay as they struggled to catch up on time lost to heavy rain showers, which were present over the last several weeks. Flue-cured tobacco growers continued topping the crop and in some places began pulling leaves. Other farming activities for the week included applying herbicides, scouting for bug pressure, tending to the vegetable crops, and repairing harvesting equipment.

     

    REPORTER COMMENTS BY COUNTY

    Comments are based on comments reported by extension agents, farmers, commodity specialists, and other knowledgeable individuals.

    NORTHERN

    FREDERICK (Jeanette Smith) We have had some scattered thunderstorms. Temperatures have been 58 degrees – 78 degrees. Crops are doing well and moisture levels are adequate.

     

    CENTRAL

    AMELIA (Joan D Poore) Crop conditions look very good at this stage.

    HANOVER (Jim Tate) Our summer pattern continues; the past week was pretty warm but cooled at the end of the week for a most pleasant weekend. There were almost daily hit and miss showers especially over the weekend. At my western Hanover home the showers, both Saturday and Sunday, were very light but refreshing. There was heavy rain to the south and east, and I expect the Eastern end of the county had more rain but have not yet talked to anyone to confirm such.

     

    EASTERN

    ESSEX (Keith Balderson) Topsoil moisture had become short in a few areas, but rainfall Sunday evening restored topsoil moisture back to adequate levels. Activities included post-emergence weed control in soybeans and scouting the crop for pests.

    MIDDLESEX (David Moore) Producers also spent time getting harvest equipment ready.

    FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel) Franklin County corn and soybeans are looking real good after all the rain. There might still be a few planting as of last week. Alfalfa fields look excellent. Farmers spent much of last week trying to get a much needed crop of hay off the fields. All the rain and warm weather has been causing grass to grow like crazy. A few farmers that were able to get there corn in the ground in April said hopefully they will start chopping by the second week in August.

     

    SOUTHERN

    FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel) Franklin County corn and soybeans are looking real good after all the rain. There might still be a few planting as of last week. Alfalfa fields look excellent. Farmers spent much of last week trying to get a much needed crop of hay off the fields. All the rain and warm weather has been causing grass to grow like crazy. A few farmers that were able to get there corn in the ground in April said hopefully they will start chopping by the second week in August.

     

    SOUTHEASTERN

    BRUNSWICK (Cynthia L. Gregg) Some spotty showers this week once again left water standing in some fields. More topping of tobacco was taking place and close to being finished. Some folks are starting to pull flue tobacco. Cotton is looking pretty good in the area. Some folks are scouting for insects and diseases along with applying treatments as necessary.

    SURRY (Glenn Slade) Due to frequent rains, all of the double crop soybeans and milo that could be planted are in. Corn crop looks good; peanuts and cotton are growing well also.

    SOUTHEASTERN

    BRUNSWICK (Cynthia L. Gregg) Some spotty showers this week once again left water standing in some fields. More topping of tobacco was taking place and close to being finished. Some folks are starting to pull flue tobacco. Cotton is looking pretty good in the area. Some folks are scouting for insects and diseases along with applying treatments as necessary.

    SURRY (Glenn Slade) Due to frequent rains, all of the double crop soybeans and milo that could be planted are in. Corn crop looks good; peanuts and cotton are growing well also.

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