Virginia Field Reports: Variable Conditions, Crops Look Good

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 12, 2018.

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


LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
Localized rain of varying amounts precludes a standard story for the county. In general, small utility equipment can move across most undisturbed soil/pastures; however, pockets of saturated ground remain. Seeing an increase in pasture/pasture edge weeds such as Yellow Nutsedge, Jointhead Grass, Perilla Mint, and Japanese Stiltgrass.


ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
A clear and seasonably warm week with rain showers Sunday afternoon to end the week. A few areas of Rockbridge are dry, but most of the corn and hay acres are in fair to good condition. More second cutting hay was made this week.

Wetter than normal conditions this week.


APPOMATTOX (Bruce Jones)
Crops responded well to the rain from the previous week. Tobacco condition improved tremendously. Dark tobacco harvest began last week and will gain momentum this week. Most dark tobacco already topped while burley tobacco is just starting to come into top.


GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
Some bottomland tobacco has been flooded in the last couple of weeks resulting in significant losses in those fields. Upland tobacco is doing very well.

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SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
Crop conditions remain the same.


LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
Things were a little drier this week, a little less rain overall. Everything is moving along: livestock look good and corn, tobacco, and beans are progressing. The main out-of-the-ordinary issue is that the weed pressure in some pastures and hayland is more excessive this year with the rains. Overall, though, everything is in decent shape.


GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
The heat in recent days has helped dry out saturated spots in fields. Preventative fungicide spraying in peanuts is underway in prone locations. Sorghum crop in the southwest portion of county looks good, and is still in the vegetative stage.

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Heat, humidity, and showers last week kept crops going. Producers were pulling and curing tobacco. Several have been scouting crops to check on insects and disease.

Much needed sunshine and dry conditions for a few days allowed some progress to be made on weed control, etc.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 4.8. Weather conditions weren’t as wet this week; precipitation amounts were down, but the recent rains have increased weed pressure in pastures. Farming activities for the week included harvesting tobacco, fruit, and corn for silage.

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