Virginia Field Reports: Limited Peanut Harvest Begins

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 9, 2018.

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


Four days above 90 degrees to start the week. Rains started Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend. A lot of corn silage has been harvested. Cover crops are being planted after silage harvest.


ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
The week in Rockbridge was hot and humid ending Saturday afternoon; Sunday was suddenly much cooler and over an inch of rain fell for most of the county. Corn silage harvest is about 50% complete with good yield and quality to this point.


AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
While some parts of the county received rain with recent storms, parts to the south remain rather dry. We have diagnosed some disease issues in soybean fields recently which were exacerbated by wet weather now or earlier this spring.


LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
Still dry in places. Tobacco is still coming out of the field. Beans are maturing. The expected hurricane could do some serious damage to this year’s harvest of just about everything.


GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Typical early September weather this week. Peanut maturity slated to happen 1-2 weeks earlier this year. Forecast for hurricane activity along the NC coast has growers/producers concerned as they continue to monitor the storms track.

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CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Farmers harvesting corn and making some insecticide applications to soybeans this week. Good weather for cutting and curing hay.

Good progress made this past week on corn harvest ahead of the wash out week and threat of big storm we have coming up. 80%-90% of strawberry acreage has been bedded with plastic laid, final 10%-20% will be going in on the late side for sure.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Temperatures cooled over the weekend with rainy conditions, but some areas continue to be dry with spotty storms. Farming activities for the week included planting cover crops, applying insecticide applications to soybeans, and harvesting tobacco, fruit, and corn for silage.

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