Virginia Field Reports: Wet Week – Limited Field Work

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 5, 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)
Most areas of the county received 3 to 4 inches of rain last week. Wet conditions prevented any field work. There is standing water in low lying fields. Fairly heavy disease pressure in the older corn.

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
Soil is saturated, too wet for effective fieldwork.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Conditions in Rockbridge were cloudy with rain threatening all week and spotty showers until Friday night when most of the county got over an inch of rain. Crop conditions are generally fair to good at this point in the season.

BATH/HIGHLAND (John Benner)
Heavy rains push pasture productivity. Corn progress excellent.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
We are experiencing a rainy week.

CHESTERFIELD/GOOCHLAND (Charlotte Maxwell)
Corn and soybean production is still far behind where it normally is for August. Expecting a hay shortage as well.

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EASTERN

CHARLES CITY (Scott Reiter)
Several more inches of rain this week have made fields excessively wet. Soybeans are drowning in low areas as evidenced by wilting after standing in water for 3-4 days. All fieldwork is at a standstill. Many late planted soybeans need an herbicide treatment for weeds.

SOUTHWESTERN

CARROLL (Steve Pottorff)
An abundance of rain fell on the county last week.

SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
Alternating wet conditions and hot/dry conditions continue to put a stress on pastures.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Tobacco harvesting is picking up speed this week. Rain has been localized and not widespread, for the most part.

PRINCE GEORGE/SURRY/SUSSEX (Scott Reiter)
Several more inches of rain this week have made fields excessively wet. Soybeans are drowning in low areas as evidenced by wilting after standing in water for 3-4 days. All fieldwork is at a standstill. Many late planted soybeans need an herbicide treatment for weeds.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 2.8. Weather conditions were very wet, limiting fieldwork; fields have standing water. Farming activities for the week included harvesting tobacco, fruit, and potatoes.


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