Virginia Field Reports: Harvest Speed Picking Up

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 23, 2016.

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


    ROCKINGHAM (Doug Horn) First half of the week was very mild. Set record high temperature on Wednesday.


    CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus) Nothing to report. The week has been great for harvest and small grain planting.

    NELSON (Michael LaChance) Apple harvest is moving along well with good weather throughout the week. Winds have been breezy for the latter half of the week but temperatures continue for good fruit color and flavor development pumpkins being bought and shipped. Ag related festivals and other forms of agriculture tourism in county in full swing, benefiting great by autumnal weather conditions and fall colors in the mountains. Ideal weather for the time of year.


    KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus) Nothing to report. The week has been great for harvest and small grain planting.

    GLOUCESTER/MATHEWS/MIDDLESEX (David Moore) Corn is done for the most part. Soybean harvest getting under way. Yields about average and quality is okay but nothing special. Cover crops being planted. Just getting start with barley and wheat.

    ESSEX/KING AND QUEEN/KING WILLIAM (Keith Balderson) Weather was very good for field work for much of the week, and farmers continued to harvest corn and soybeans and plant small grains for gain and cover crops.


    SCOTT (Scott Jerrell) We had sporadic rain showers on Friday and cooler temps this weekend.

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    LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker) Things are getting a tad dry. We could use a nice shower this week. The corn, milo, and tobacco are all just about out the field. Grass growth is slowing down with the cooler weather. Cattle producers are feeding some hay. Soybeans are dropping leaves – very few have been cut yet, but we will be harvesting soon. Where tobacco has been harvested, wheat is popping up.


    CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.) Soybean harvest underway. Some damage showing up in grain. Sunny, dry, breezy weather helping dry fields out after Hurricane Matthew. Fall vegetable leafy crops damaged or in poor condition.

    SOUTHAMPTON (Livvy Preisser) Farmers have been able to get back in the field are busy picking peanuts and cotton. Weather is looking good and we should be able to harvest all week.

    SURRY (Mr. Glenn Slade) We had a good work week with corn harvest winding down. Peanut and cotton harvest in full swing, while soybean harvest and small grain seeding are also keeping growers busy.

    General Comments

    Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.4. Weather was very good for fieldwork for much of the week. Sporadic rain showers is some areas and cooler temperatures during the weekend.  Farming activities included planting wheat and cover crops; harvesting corn, apples, peanuts, soybeans and cotton.

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