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Virginia Field Reports: Early Cotton Harvest Begins, Other Crops Progressing Rapidly

Ernst Undesser
From USDA October 10, 2017

Virginia Field Reports: Early Cotton Harvest Begins, Other Crops Progressing Rapidly

Photo: Alabama Cooperative Extension

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 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)
Another hot, dry week. Widely scattered frost in some areas last Monday morning with air temperatures ranging from 32 to 40 degrees. Corn grain and soybean harvest began during the week. Some rain moved in Sunday evening.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
It has been a rather dry week. Most corn has been harvested. Soybeans are quickly beginning to yellow and drop leaves.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Ground is getting much dryer now, due to lack of rainfall. Harvest is going along very well.

CHESTERFIELD/GOOCHLAND (Charlotte Maxwell)
We have finally gotten a little bit of rain, but the soil is still very dry.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Ground is getting much dryer now, due to lack of rainfall. Harvest is going along very well.

SOUTHWESTERN

GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
Grayson County had three mornings of near freezing temperatures this week. There were pockets of cold air with temperatures as low as 30 degrees F. Some late planted corn and tobacco was damaged by frost in those areas.

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SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
1.6 inches of much needed rain started late Saturday night.

SMYTH (Andy Overbay)
Dry conditions have taken their toll on pastures and hay crops. Livestock owners are planning to begin supplementing rations with dry hay, if conditions persist.

SOUTHEASTERN

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Temperatures were a bit cooler last week, but humidity is still up. Tobacco pulling is being finished in flue cure. Curing, baling and transporting to market is ongoing. Fall calving is in full swing. Rain is much needed. Tobacco fields are being prepped and some are being planted with small grains as the tobacco crop is finished up in a given field. Soybean leaves are turning yellow and falling. Fall colors are showing up on some trees as well.

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
A few soybean fields are showing yellowing this week. Expect to see leaf drop soon. Tobacco is almost completely harvested. Drought.gov has the majority of Greensville County listed as “D0”, abnormally dry.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.6. Weather conditions continue to be hot and dry, but there was limited precipitation over the weekend. Some areas had frost during the week while a D0 drought condition issued previously was expanded to include other areas of the State.

The dry weather continues to be beneficial for harvesting, but continues to impact pastures and crops. Farming activities for the week included fall calving, planting barley and wheat, harvesting apples, tobacco, peanuts, soybeans, and corn for grain.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA October 10, 2017