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    Virginia: Corn Drying Down, Crops in Mostly Good Condition – US-DA

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 11, 2013.

    It was another wet week for the Old Dominion. Scattered showers diversified total rainfall for the week; most areas experienced between one quarter of an inch and 2 inches of rain. Temperatures were seasonable for this time of year. Days suitable for field work were 5.0. The hay harvest was impeded with frequent thunderstorms.

    Corn was drying down with the majority of the corn crop in good condition. Corn silage harvest was underway, but about one week behind normal. Early planted soybeans also looked favorable with promising yields; growers were applying fungicides to help maximize yields. Other farming activities for the week included scouting for weeds and insects, applying herbicides and insecticides, harvesting tobacco, and attending Field Days and production meetings.

    REPORTER COMMENTS BY COUNTY

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

    NORTHERN

    CULPEPER (Carl Stafford) Stink bugs at threshold along soybean field edges near corn.

    FREDERICK (Jeanette Smith) Pasture and Hay are good. Rainfall is sufficient. Temperatures started the week in 50’s – 70’s, towards the end of the week we have had temperature in 70’s – 80’s and humidity. Corn and beans are looking good.

     

    CENTRAL

    AMELIA (Joan D Poore) 100 % early soybeans bloomed and setting pods. 25 % double crop soybeans blooming

    CHESTERFIELD (Joan D Poore) 100% early soybeans have bloomed and set pods double crop soybeans have not bloomed.

    HANOVER (JIM TATE) Three rain events this week totaling more than 2 inches have kept thins green and growing. We had a couple of days of typical central Virginia heat and humidity that just make you want to sit down and get the melting over with. Fortunately, they were interspersed with a couple of beautiful and less humid days. Hearty storms on Saturday dropped a lot of rain in a short while. Enough that I saw several auto wrecks just from people hydroplaning, or from missing curves from the inability to see and apparent inability to temporarily cease driving. Great grass weather and some of the hay guys even successfully harvested some hay without benefit of washing, but a lot got washed too. Many
    are just holding off cutting in hopes of a stretch of dry weather. Good crops and forecast of good crops have prices dropping and some producers are showing long faces.

     

    EASTERN

    ESSEX (Keith Balderson) Another week with variable rainfall, but all of the area received sufficient amounts to keep topsoil moisture good. Activities included getting ready for corn harvest and scouting soybeans for pests. Given the good yield potential for soybeans and humid conditions, many producers applied fungicides to the soybean crop.

    MIDDLESEX (David Moore) More rain this week. Over 2 inches in some places and week not over yet. Field days and production meetings abound. Folks are interested to see how crops are progressing around the region. Folks making plans to plant small grains. Some folks saying they may cut back a little due to price and the issues we had this year with harvest and seed quality. Haymaking is sporadic due to showers. Scouting soybeans for weeds, insects and disease is one of main activities of the week. Decision making time for soybean folks on whether to apply fungicide to R-3 and R-4 beans. CEW numbers are down for now. Lots of interest in stink bugs and kudzu bugs in soybeans. Folks are encouraged to check on threshold levels and control measures. Corn is drying down slowly. Folks are a little anxious about harvest to see what happens with price and lines at the granary. Vegetables continue to do pretty well . Lots of talk of powdery and downy mildews in certain crops.

     

    WESTERN

    ROCKBRIDGE (Tom Stanley) Another week of scattered thunderstorms complicated hay making efforts. These rains coupled with average temperatures 5 – 10 degrees below normal have been favorable for pastures, pollinating corn, and soybeans on the verge of blooming.

     

    SOUTHWEST

    SCOTT (Scott Jerrell) Wet weather is still causing problems with hay production – quality is decreasing rapidly and too wet to harvest. Vegetables are suffering due to lack of preventative fungicide applications and phytophthora. Cattle prices are still looking optimistic, and heifer development is in full swing with pregnancy checks and ultrasounds completed.

    SMYTH (Andy Overbay) Continued wet conditions are leading to noted decrease weight gains on livestock, especially cattle/calves. Hay forage tests seem to be 5 to 8 point lower on crude protein as compared to the same fields harvested last year.

     

    SOUTHERN

    LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker) Tobacco – a few fields still need topping. Pulling is taking place. Seeing some interesting problems in a few of the organic fields… not sure whether it is weather related. Dark and burley look good overall. Soybeans – looking pretty good. Trying to keep an eye out for insect pressure from corn earworms and kudzu bug. Hay – still working on second cutting. The rain is again presenting challenges.

     

    SOUTHEASTERN

    BRUNSWICK (Cynthia L. Gregg) A few slight showers this week in spots across the county. There is still water standing in places in various fields. Tobacco harvest is well underway. Crops especially soybeans and corn are being scouted for insect damage. There has been some Downy Mildew in pumpkins in the county.

    SURRY (Glenn Slade) Frequent rains have many growers changing spray schedules for peanut leaf spot disease, and cotton growth regulators. Some soybean fields are being cleaned up for late weeds. Corn drying down well.

    SUSSEX (Kelvin Wells) Hoping for showers to moisten the ground. The county needs at least a half inch of rain to help crop production.

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