Virginia Field Reports: Wet Conditions Continue

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 4, 2018.

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

NORTHERN

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
Tall Fescue and clover are thriving in pastures; Orchardgrass too is doing well, but not as prolific as Fescue. As expected, Bermudagrass, Japanese Stiltgrass and Jointhead leaves have died, leaving brown residue; however, Tall Fescue and clover are filling in to reduce the expected size and number of bare spots in pastures. Saturated soil continues to delay corn and soybean harvests; equipment may not be able to access all fields until the ground freezes.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Rockbridge had seasonally cool temperatures this week with most of the county getting .5 to 1 inch of rain Friday over to Saturday morning. Corn harvest was able to progress Monday – Thursday with some farms reporting low test weights and moisture related quality issues. Other fields have good test weights and excellent yields.

BATH/HIGHLAND (John Benner)
Wet weather persists and temperatures dropped in the middle of the week, but have recovered to mild levels.

CENTRAL

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CHESTERFIELD/GOOCHLAND (Charlotte Maxwell)
Fields are still very wet. Most corn has been harvested.

CAMPBELL (Todd Scott)
Rain still continues about every third or fourth day. Corn and soybeans are still too moist to harvest. The fields are wet and hard to get into. Early planted beans are being turned in on insurance for sprouting/fungus in the field. Late beans are still looking ok, but producers need about ten days of dry weather to get in the fields and dry the beans and corn out.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
An estimated 200 lb/acre cotton loss due to rain and wind from Hurricane Michael has been reported in some fields. Farmers are hurriedly harvesting cotton before rain enters the area Friday evening. Winter wheat, behind corn, is already 3-4″ tall in some locations. A majority of the county’s soybeans are still dropping leaves.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Last week was good for harvesting soybeans and planting wheat. Rain likely by the weekend, and early into next week will likely stop field activity.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 4.6. Temperatures were up and precipitation amounts were down from the previous week. Fields are still wet and some farmers are having issues with getting equipment on the fields. Early planted beans with fungus are being reported for insurance. Farming activities for the week included planting wheat and harvesting cotton, peanuts and soybeans.


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