Virginia Field Reports: Corn Planting Makes Good Progress Ahead of Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 22, 2018.

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

NORTHERN

ROCKINGHAM (Doug Horn)
Heavy rains caused localized flooding early in the week. Grasses are slowly greening up, but have not produced much growth yet. Rye being cut for silage. Soil temperatures still too cool for planting corn.

FREDERICK (Mark Sutphin)
1.75 to 2 inches of rain received 4-15 to 4-16. Low temps across the county the morning of 4-18 ranging from 24 degrees F to 32 degrees F. Minor reports of damage to blooms on tree fruits (apples, peaches, nectarines, and cherries) in some low lying sites without good cold air drainage.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
The week started with a total of 2.11 inches of rain measured at Lexington. Cool conditions dominated the week with early morning temperatures in the 30’s with frost. Pasture growth is behind normal although noticeable green-up occurred this week. Some livestock producers are still offering hay due to short pastures.

BATH/HIGHLAND (John Benner)
Still very cold April. Not much growth in forages.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
Pastures are coming along more steadily now. Recent storm brought a hard rain and wind to some parts of the county.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Recent showers and one large 2″ rainstorm has recharged the topsoil and part of the subsoil, and this week has interfered with corn planting.

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FLUVANNA/LOUISA (Charles Rosson)
We had close to 3 inches of rain early in the week. It came down in huge downpours with most running off quickly because our soils are so dry. Very little moisture settled into the topsoil or subsoil regions. The wind blew excessively all week after the rain, drying out the topsoil. Soil temps are too low to plant corn or beans yet.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Recent showers and one large 2″ rainstorm has recharged the topsoil and part of the subsoil, and this week has interfered with corn planting.

RICHMOND/WESTMORELAND (Stephanie Romelczyk)
Lots of corn being planted over the weekend, ahead of the predicted rain. Barley just beginning to head.

SOUTHWESTERN

CARROLL (Steve Pottorff)
Pastures have been slow to green up because of cool conditions.

SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
Strawberries beginning to ripen in selected fields/varieties. Estimate picking within the next 2-3 weeks. Fertilizer and lime have been spread as the weather has allowed for adequate drying.

SOUTHEASTERN

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Producers have begun spring planting. Some flue cured tobacco producers started planting. Gardens are going in full swing. Drier weather made working and planting in fields better. We will be in need of rain very soon.

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Some fields plowed and bedded for tobacco this week. Hot house vegetables have been planted. Strong storm passed through Sunday night into Monday morning. No damage reported. Pastures are rebounding with rising temperatures.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Corn planting continues, but seedling emergence is slow with cool soil temperatures. A few strawberry u-pick farms opened for picking for 1 or 2 days per week.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Cooler temperatures and rain have limited crop progress and fieldwork; some areas were flooded and various locations had frost conditions. Farming activities for the week included planting corn and applying fertilizers.

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