Virginia Field Reports: Needed Moisture Slows Harvest

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 15, 2017.

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


Received 1 to 2 inches of much needed rain last week, but not enough to get the small creeks flowing again. Both corn and soybeans being harvested when dry enough to get into the fields.


ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Rain showers Thursday brought a little relief to dry topsoil, but above normal temperatures persisted through the week. Dry conditions are limiting fall stock piling of forage and a few livestock producers are already feeding hay.

HIGHLAND (Paxton Grant)
Area received 1-2 inches of much needed rainfall during the period. Majority of farms have finished haymaking.


AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
Conditions had been dry, but we received several rounds of showers this week. Soybean leaf drop continues.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Recent rainfall over the past few days has increased ground moisture and improved grass and hay land.

HANOVER (Laura Maxey-Nay)
It has been dry for at least 3 weeks then within 24 hours part of the county got 6 inches of rain.


KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Recent rainfall over the past few days has increased ground moisture and improved grass and hay land.

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GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
Most silage corn has been harvested, but some freeze damage occurred to late planted corn that was not quite ready to harvest.


LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
We still need rain. We’ve missed all of them. Otherwise, crops are being harvested. Tobacco is getting close though some producers are still a few weeks out from finishing. Soybean harvest will be happening soon as most plants are dropping leaves. Most hay producers have finished third cutting thanks to the dry weather. Some hay is already being fed to cattle because of the drought.


BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Spotty showers last week helped a few folks. Fall calving is well underway. Small grains are starting to germinate. Soybean pods are abundant, but the beans feel small.

PRINCE GEORGE (Scott Reiter)
A week of misty, damp weather. Less than one tenth rain in most areas. Peanut harvest was slowed until the weekend. Not enough rain to make much difference in surface moisture levels. We still need a decent rain for fall seeded crops to get planted and germinated.

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
The turning of peanuts has started in a few locations around the county.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.1. Weather conditions were less dry, precipitation was up from the previous week. The D0 drought condition issued previously was expanded to include other areas of the State, and now a small part of the State has moved to a D1 intensity as of October 12th. Farming activities for the week included fall calving, planting barley and wheat, harvesting apples, cotton, peanuts, soybeans, and corn for grain. Livestock producers are feeding hay in some locations.

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