Virginia Field Reports: Harvest Presses on Through Wet Conditions

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 11, 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)
Cool, wet week. Not much field work due to wet soils. Still have several fields that need to be harvested.

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
The optimal time for planting barley and rye ends within a week, but the soil is and has been saturated. The rain continues impacting yield potential.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Seasonally cool temperatures with light rain Friday that hampered some corn harvesting, but otherwise field work was able to progress this week.

BATH/HIGHLAND (John Benner)
Temperatures staying relatively low. Leaves finally falling.

CENTRAL

AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
We received another round of heavy rain early in the week; soils are fairly saturated, especially in low-lying areas. Soybean harvest has been underway.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Overabundance of rainfall this past month has not only made soybean harvest slow, but has lowered soybean quality.

EASTERN

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KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Overabundance of rainfall this past month has not only made soybean harvest slow, but has lowered soybean quality.

CHARLES CITY (Scott Reiter)
Wet conditions hampered soybean harvest this week. Most fields could still support combines, but soybeans were too wet and tough to cut. Some wheat was seeded on better drained soils, but many acres are left to plant. Additional rainfall will keep equipment out of the fields for an extended time now.

SOUTHWESTERN

SMYTH (Andy Overbay)
Wet conditions continue to hamper any remaining field work.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Cotton harvest has been hampered by two rain events this week. There have been an increased number of confirmed reports of Red Imported Fire Ants as well.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Good progress made harvesting soybeans, planting wheat, and mowing ditch banks this week. Rain today and next Monday will likely stop all field work till late next week.

PRINCE GEORGE/SURRY/SUSSEX (Scott Reiter)
Wet conditions hampered soybean harvest this week. Most fields could still support combines, but soybeans were too wet and tough to cut. Some wheat was seeded on better drained soils, but many acres are left to plant. Additional rainfall will keep equipment out of the fields for an extended time now.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 3.8. Temperatures were down and precipitation amounts were up from the previous week. Many fields remain wet and need to be harvested, but there continues to be issues with getting equipment on the fields, or cutting wet crops. Farming activities for the week included planting wheat and harvesting cotton, peanuts and soybeans.


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