Virginia Field Reports: Limited Corn Planting Begins

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 7, 2019.

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

NORTHERN

ROCKINGHAM (Doug Horn)
Manure being spread. Some spraying being done. A few fields still have some small areas with saturated soil.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Clear, spring-like weather with frosty mornings characterized the beginning of the week. Most of Rockbridge got 1/2 inch of rain Friday, bringing field work to a halt.

BATH/HIGHLAND (John Benner)
Green slowly coming back, but very little growth.

CENTRAL

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Nothing unusual for this past week. The soil is moist, and not wet enough to restrict spraying and planting.

FLUVANNA (Enrique Hernandez)
Some low-lands still have standing water, and some higher fields are workable.

APPOMATTOX (Bruce Jones)
Grass is starting to green up. Cattle farmers are concerned about their winter feeding areas, and the best approach for repairing the damaged areas. Small grain looks extremely good. Tobacco greenhouses progressing well.

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KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Nothing unusual for this past week. The soil is moist, and not wet enough to restrict spraying and planting.

ESSEX/GLOUCESTER/KING AND QUEEN/KING WILLIAM/MIDDLESEX (Robert Longest)
Overall, small grain crops look pretty good, and have been top dressed. Some fields have reduced stands and bare spots due to flooding and excessive rains last fall and throughout the winter. Corn planting just started last week, and many producers will be planting this week. Some pastures are still damaged from winter feeding and livestock treading, which was worsened by excessive rainfall. Many producers are still dealing with washouts on farms, but repairs are ongoing.

SOUTHWESTERN

SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
Farmers are reseeding pastures that have been overgrazed, or used as sacrifice areas due to slower grass growth and cooler temps. Farmers are actively spreading fertilizer and lime, trying to catch up. First set of petal fall on strawberries, expect picking to start in about 45 days.

SOUTHERN

LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
The sun has been great. We would carefully ask for a little more moisture though. Tobacco beds are being prepared. Cole crops are going in the ground. Wheat is growing.

FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel)
Farmers are out in masses spreading manure and preparing fields. Some rain last week helped with dry top soil. Because of wet weather, lots of pasture land was torn up by livestock.

SOUTHEASTERN

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Some producers had a chance to work up land this past week. Small grains are coming along. Fall calves are growing. Grass is trying to green up with up and down temperatures. Tobacco plants are coming up in the greenhouses.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Precipitation was up from the previous week, the soil is moist and crops are being planted. Farming activities for the week included preparing tobacco beds, spreading manure, and reseeding overgrazed pastures.


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