Virginia Field Crops: Wheat Harvest Makes Good Progress Where Weather Allows

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 18, 2017.

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


ROCKINGHAM (Doug Horn) Widely scattered thunderstorms hit most areas sometime during the week for some much needed rain. A lot of fertilizer sidedressing was done over the last two weeks and the corn has responded nicely.

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary) Severe storms expected today (Monday 19 June); these may impact row crops if hail is present.


ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley) Thunderstorms, primarily Thursday evening, brought around an inch of rain to Rockbridge County this week.

HIGHLAND (Paxton Grant) Significant rainfall throughout the county from 6/13 – 6/15 has alleviated dry conditions from previous two weeks. Yet rainfall was inconsistent across the county with some areas seeing only fractions of an inch as others received 3+ inches over the 3 days. Much needed rainfall has halted haymaking efforts. Many hay producers across the county had hay down or were baling with excellent weather from 6/9 – 6/12.


AMELIA (Laura Siegle) After some very hot days mid-week, most parts of the county received some rain from the storms at the end of the week, rainfall varied across parts of the county. Corn crop is in mixed condition, a few fields are uneven or show yellowing or streaking, while others have fared better. Soybeans are small, but appear to be in good condition so far.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus) Wheat has been delayed due to high seed moisture. Producers are stopping harvesters to allow the seed to dry down further. This has put a hold on soybean seed planting.


KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus) Wheat has been delayed due to high seed moisture. Producers are stopping harvesters to allow the seed to dry down further. This has put a hold on soybean seed planting.

NORTHAMPTON (Ursula Deitch) A good week to get field work done. Lots of wheat/barley being harvested and soybeans planted behind the wheat/barley.


GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin) The unusually rainy weather has delayed tobacco setting. Limited field work was accomplished this week with heavy showers scattered about the county almost every day. There were reports of up to 8 inches this week in portions of the county, and flash flooding was a common theme. Some storms also produced hail though property and crop damage was limited. Erosion was severe this week.


BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg) Crops are growing. Corn is doing well. Tobacco is growing steadily. We are still getting some afternoon storms. Grain harvest is basically complete and soybeans are being planted double crop.

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PRINCE GEORGE (Scott Reiter) Wheat harvest made good progress early in the week with dry conditions. Yields are good, mostly in the 70 bushel range. Rain and clouds late in the week halted harvest and likely will start reducing quality. Some limited soybean planting occurred late week where rainfall amounts were lower.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.) Winter wheat harvest began this week with better than average yields. Rain expected in the coming week is making it difficult to harvest timely for optimal test weight. Overall, crop maturity for corn and soybeans is a week later this year due to rain events. More thunderstorms expected this weekend.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Weather conditions were wetter this week, delaying some fieldwork and harvesting.  Farming activities for the week included sidedressing corn and planting double crop soybeans.

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