Virginia Field Reports: Harvest Moves Forward, Crops Remain Stressed

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 11, 2016.

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


    ROCKINGHAM (Doug Horn) Continued hot and dry. Southern part of the county has only had 1.0 inch of rain in the last 30 days. Silage corn dried down rapidly in the last two weeks.


    ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley) Another hot and dry week. Soil is very dry. Yield potential for late planted corn suffered badly this week.


    AMELIA (Laura Siegle) We have had another very dry week. Some corn was harvested this week, and some producers cut hay. In most places, forage crops are in strong need of moisture.


    GLOUCESTER/MATHEWS/MIDDLESEX (David Moore) Some much needed rain fell over the weekend and mid-week. Not everyone got it as amounts ranged from 8 tenths to almost 2 inches total. Corn harvest is progressing. Yields are about average, with yields ranging from about 100 to 175 bushels. Soybeans are really suffering due to hot, dry weather.

    Recent rains will help a lot, but yield potential has been hurt. Haymaking is slow at this time. Veggies also want for rain and cooler temps. Cukes, squash, cantaloupes, watermelons and sweet potatoes are coming in now. Pumpkin production has been hurt some due to the lack of pollination.

    ESSEX/KING AND QUEEN/KING WILLIAM (Keith Balderson) Another hot week with only scattered and mostly light showers. Corn harvest continued at a good pace with a wide range of yields, but mostly lower than producers were anticipating prior to harvest. Soybeans continued to show drought stress.

    Soybeans dropping pods, other pods are flat due to drought. Sorghum curling.

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    NORTHAMPTON (Ursula Deitch) It continues to be hot and dry. We only received 1 inch of rain from Tropical Storm Hermine and could have used more. Corn harvest is under way and is probably 40% harvested.


    GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin) This week was a great week for harvest activities. The lack of rain and hot temperatures are stressing fall pastures, and may force some grazers to have to sell animals earlier than they would like.


    PITTSYLVANIA (Jamie Stowe & Stephen) Conditions have become extremely dry and it is affecting all crops.

    HALIFAX (Rebekah Slabach) The county is still in dire need of rain. The northern end experiences sparse showers, while the southern end is the driest.

    LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker) It is still very dry. We are in need of rain for soybeans and pastures. Corn harvest has just begun and tobacco harvest is moving along. We’ve had some cooler days here and there, but still hot and dry overall. Fall calving has begun.


    CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.) Hurricane Hermine brought 4 to 7 inches of rain. Very little damage, only some areas of certain fields of corn were blown down. Almost all harvestable. Farmers are laying plastic for strawberries this week. Some worm sprays continuing for soybean loopers this week.

    BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg) Dry, humid and hot has described the weather of the last week. Some soybean pods are dropping prematurely from the vines. Tobacco is yellowing quickly in the fields. Some late hay is being cut and the quality is questionable on some.

    General Comments

    Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.7.  Weather conditions in Virginia are hot and dry; precipitation was down from the previous week. Crops continue to show signs of drought stress.  Farming activities for the week included calving, making hay, and harvesting apples, peaches, corn, and tobacco.

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