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Virginia Field Reports: Farmers Working Hard to Harvest Ahead of Hurricane

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017

Virginia Field Reports: Farmers Working Hard to Harvest Ahead of Hurricane

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 10, 2017.

REPORTER COMMENTS BY COUNTY – Comments are based on remarks made by extension agents, farmers, commodity specialists, and other knowledgeable individuals.

NORTHERN

ROCKINGHAM (Doug Horn) Rather cool week. Four nights were below 50 degrees with 38 degrees on Sunday morning. Sugarcane aphids were observed on sorghum fields for the first time in Rockingham County. Corn silage harvest is progressing rapidly and manure is being spread on the harvested fields.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle) We have experienced cooler weather and some rainfall this week, and we expect that we may receive more moisture as Irma passes through the region.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus) Many recent large rains have greatly improved crops and especially hayfields and pastures.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus) Many recent large rains have greatly improved crops and especially hayfields and pastures.

SOUTHWESTERN

GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin) Silage corn harvest began in earnest this week as temperatures were unseasonably cool.

SCOTT (Scott Jerrell) Corn silage chopping took priority this weekend, in preparation of hurricane related rain. Corn is average to slightly above average, with good ear and grain fill.

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SOUTHERN

LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker) Third-cutting (if you got a second) hay is underway around the county. Soybeans are there, yields are predicted to be low, and the timing of the first frost may greatly impact yields. Pastures are looking good. Most of the tobacco isn’t great, but it’s there. Temperatures are dropping, it feels like fall.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford) Puddling/ponding is still an issue in parts of lower lying fields. Soybeans are yellowing and stunted in these areas.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.) Rain and wet fields are slowing corn harvest since last week. Very good corn crop. Active hurricane season is enticing farmers to harvest asap whenever fields will support combines, often leaving trenches in fields.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.7. Average temperatures were down slightly from the previous week, and precipitation amounts were down. Recent rains have helped the condition of crops improve, especially pastures. Farming activities for the week included harvesting apples, peaches, corn for grain, and corn for silage. Farmers are harvesting crops whenever possible to keep ahead of the hurricane season.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017