Virginia Field Reports: Replanting, Wheat Harvest

Wheat harvest. Photo: Rome Ethredge

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 17, 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)
Locally wet soil conditions are keeping farmers out of some fields. Some fields have not been planted yet. Several corn fields have areas of yellow corn and lack uniformity. Farmers are still trying to harvest the first cutting of hay.

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
Rain has stopped, ground has dried, producers are making hay.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Cool temperatures and showers that started the week gave way to clear skies with hot and humid conditions. More first cutting hay was made the last half of the week.

BATH/HIGHLAND (John Benner)
Corn replanting nearly all finished. Most successful first plants have emerged and look healthy. Replanting expected to be finished this week.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
Wheat harvest and hay are keeping producers busy this week, as conditions have been drier.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Rainfall has finally ended and has allowed crops to photosynthate and get darker in color.

APPOMATTOX (Bruce Jones)
Hay harvest and wheat harvest is progressing rapidly under the high temperatures. Tobacco cultivation and weeding is underway as well. Wet soil earlier led to many weed problems in the organic tobacco fields due to limited cultivation potential. Some farmers are getting second cutting of hay off of the few fields cut early in the season.

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EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Rainfall has finally ended, and has allowed crops to photosynthate and get darker in color.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Replanted soybeans have emerged. Favorable weather has improved morale.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Good soil moisture for crops and pastures. Wheat harvest winding up this week with average yields. Some spotty showers are making hay harvest the usual gamble for SE VA. Farmers Markets are open and busy.

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Last week saw heat and humidity return. Vegetables are coming in. Potatoes, beans, peas, cabbage, other cole crops, and squash are looking good. Double crop soybeans are still being planted. Small grains are being harvested. Hay is being cut, raked and baled. Some tobacco looks as though it will be ready to top in a few weeks.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.5. Weather conditions improved this week, farmers are making hay and some corn and soybean crops have been replanted. Farming activities for the week included harvesting barley and wheat.


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