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      Virginia Field Reports: Corn Planting Takes Off

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      Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 28, 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)
      Corn planting started this week. Barley heads emerged. Rye being baled or chopped.

      WESTERN

      ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
      Monday through Thursday was warm this week with farmers catching up on manure, fertilizer, and pre-plant herbicide applications. The first corn was planted this week before showers, and cool temperatures Thursday night through Saturday morning interrupted progress. Rainfall amounts to end the week were less than .7 of an inch for most of Rockbridge.

      BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
      Ground still cold, too cool for crops, with 37 degree mornings, but warm days. Severe thunderstorm on Friday, and windy at the end of the week.

      CENTRAL

      APPOMATTOX (Bruce Jones)
      Corn planting started this past week. I have noticed much field activity with land preparation, and spraying burndown. I anticipate this week being very busy with field work. Wheat is starting to head, and grass hay is also starting to head.

      SOUTHWESTERN

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      SMYTH (Andy Overbay)
      Warmer weather has helped pasture begin to recover, and eased the pressure on hay supplies. While grass is growing, so are early weed pressures. Rainfall is still well above average for the year.

      SOUTHERN

      LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
      Wheat is looking good, heading out. Some beans and tobacco are in the field. Cole crops look good. Things are a bit dry in places. Land is bedded up, and looking nice.

      SOUTHEASTERN

      BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
      Rain on Friday slowed work down. Tobacco is being planted. Small grains are heading. Burn downs for no till planting are looking good.

      General Comments

      Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Precipitation amounts were down from the previous week, with some cooler temperatures. Small grains are heading and pastures are improving. Farming activities for the week included planting tobacco, applying herbicides, and preparing more fields.




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