Virginia Field Reports: Mostly Good Planting Progress

Newly emerged soybeans. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 19, 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)
The week began cool, and ended hot. Some scattered frost on Wednesday morning. Hay making in full swing. Corn and soybean planting making good progress. Some fields still have wet spots hampering planting.

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
Closed the week with dry days allowing most hay producers to effectively get into their fields; however, localized heavy rain on Sat & Sun complicated production for some. Hay distributors have sold almost all medium to good quality 2018 hay. Some 2019 hay is becoming available; expect inventories to increase significantly this week. Many, perhaps most pastures are recovering well enough from winter mud and water damage.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
A mostly dry week, and favorable forecast allowed corn planting and mowing of first cutting hay. Isolated light showers Friday morning did little to hamper progress.

BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
Cool spell in the beginning of the week, rainstorms throughout. Grass is good, starting to stay warm and humid.

EASTERN

CHARLES CITY (Scott Reiter)
Good progress was made with field work this week. Hay is being made on a wide basis. Soybean planting is gaining speed. Herbicide and nitrogen applications are being made to corn.

SOUTHEASTERN

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Good weather and soil conditions have caught most farmers up on planting. Corn crop planting is about 2 weeks behind a normal year, while soybean planting is right on schedule.

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BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Dry weather last week helped with planting. Some producers are done planting tobacco, and others are getting close. Soybeans and corn are being planted. Hay cutting is in full swing. Strawberries are almost completely harvested.

PRINCE GEORGE/SURRY/SUSSEX (Scott Reiter)
Good progress was made with field work this week. Hay is being made on a wide basis. Soybean planting is gaining speed. Herbicide and nitrogen applications are being made to corn.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.5. Precipitation amounts were down from the previous week; good weather conditions have allowed farmers to catch up on planting crops. Farming activities for the week included making hay and planting cotton, peanuts, and soybeans.


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