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Virginia Field Reports: Mostly Warm, Dry; Some Freeze Damage in Wheat

Virginia Field Reports: Mostly Warm, Dry; Some Freeze Damage in Wheat

👤From USDA 🕔Mar 27, 2017

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 26, 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) Continued dry conditions. Only

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Virginia Cotton: Burndown – Match New Varieties with Correct Applications

Virginia Cotton: Burndown – Match New Varieties with Correct Applications

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Mar 24, 2017

Now that it’s warming up…again, the Burndown bug is starting. In fact, I think we would have been pulling the trigger early this year just because of how warm February was, but the first three weeks of March reset the

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Virginia: Scout Now for Marestail/Horseweed

Virginia: Scout Now for Marestail/Horseweed

👤By Michael Flessner, Virginia Cooperative Extension 🕔Mar 20, 2017

Recent mild temperatures and the mild winter are setting the stage for rapid development of marestail/horseweed (Conyza canadensis) this spring.   Marestail was particularly troublesome last year in soybeans.  Marestail can germinate in both the fall and the spring. It

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Virginia Cotton: When’s the Best Time to Plant?

Virginia Cotton: When’s the Best Time to Plant?

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Mar 10, 2017

This year both cotton and peanuts acreage is increasing in our region. The sweet spot for planting both of these crops is essentially the same time period, although it is a period of weeks and not days. After the fact,

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Virginia Peanuts: Planning for Planting Dates and Seeding Rates

Virginia Peanuts: Planning for Planting Dates and Seeding Rates

👤By Maria Balota, Virginia Cooperative Extension 🕔Mar 7, 2017

There may be more peanut and cotton acreage planted in the V-C region this year than in 2016; and growers may wonder what crop to start planting first and which one last. These are legitimate concerns and we may have,

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Virginia: Wheat Stripe Rust Found in North Carolina

Virginia: Wheat Stripe Rust Found in North Carolina

👤By Hillary Mehl, Virginia Cooperative Extension 🕔Mar 3, 2017

This week, stripe rust was found in Robeson County, NC. The disease was observed in wheat variety SS 8404 which is susceptible to stripe rust. Current weather conditions (cool, wet) are generally favorable for spread and development of stripe rust,

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Virginia Cotton: Warm Winters Bring Thoughts of Burndown

Virginia Cotton: Warm Winters Bring Thoughts of Burndown

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Mar 2, 2017

Temperatures for the immediate future are supposed to stay above normal for another week or more. And the last week of April is supposed to be below normal with May 11 as the last night below 50. (Please note the

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Virginia: Cotton a Good Choice Whether Yields Good or Average in 2017

Virginia: Cotton a Good Choice Whether Yields Good or Average in 2017

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Feb 24, 2017

The Virginia state wide cotton meeting yesterday sponsored by the Virginia Cotton Growers Association was well attended and the program was well worth the total investment of a full day. It’s clear that if we are headed for a good

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Virginia Peanuts: Strip Versus Conventional Till

Virginia Peanuts: Strip Versus Conventional Till

👤By Maria Balota, Virginia Cooperative Extension 🕔Feb 23, 2017

Research at the North Carolina State University showed that peanut yields were lower when planted on fine-textured soiled in strip tillage in comparison with conventional tillage.   Yield reduction appeared to be associated with greater pod loss in the digging

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Virginia Cotton: Burndown Time is Closer Than it Appears

Virginia Cotton: Burndown Time is Closer Than it Appears

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Feb 17, 2017

After 80 degrees on Sunday it made me realize we are closer to the beginning of burndown than I thought.  Some early treatments could have already begun.  There is quite a bit of information in the farm press as weed

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