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Virginia Field Reports: Cold, Wet Conditions Limit Field Work

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 13, 2017

Virginia Field Reports: Cold, Wet Conditions Limit Field Work

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 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) Cool, wet week put corn and soybean harvest at a standstill. Hard freeze Saturday morning with temperatures in upper teens.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley) Light rains early in the week did not hamper field work too much, but a hard freeze both Saturday and Sunday mornings brought grass growth to a halt. Some farmers report being short on hay and have had to start feeding hay earlier than usual, but by and large forage supplies are adequate.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle) This week was cold and wet for several days, small grains and forages are doing well in response to recent moisture. Some soybeans have been harvested, but most probably need drier conditions to proceed.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus) Cloudy, damp and drizzly weather for the past 10 days have brought fieldwork to a standstill, but the soil is almost at field capacity.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus) Cloudy, damp and drizzly weather for the past 10 days have brought fieldwork to a standstill, but the soil is almost at field capacity.

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SOUTHWESTERN

SMYTH (Andy Overbay) Rain and cooler weather have helped with pasture conditions, but those grounds that were severely depleted are still suppressed.

SOUTHEASTERN

PRINCE GEORGE (Scott Reiter) Another damp week. Limited total rainfall, but 3 days of drizzle and limited sunshine. A few soybeans were harvested on Monday and during the weekend. Moisture levels were high requiring dryers to run. Most growers were able to seed some wheat.

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford) Recent rain has slowed or stopped soybean and cotton harvest for most farmers.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.) Showers this week interrupted soybean harvest and wheat planting. Soybean yields have been good. Good weather has allowed farmers to make good progress on field activity the past three weeks. Soil moisture conditions are good.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 4.3. Weather conditions cooled as temperatures went down; the cold and damp weather limited fieldwork, but fields are moist. There were hard freezes over the weekend. Farming activities for the week included planting barley and wheat, and harvesting cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. Some farmers are feeding hay.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 13, 2017