Virginia Field Reports: Persistent Rains Slow Field Work

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 9, 2019.

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

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
A pattern of daily rain showers set in on Wednesday, bringing hay making activities to a halt. Most folks that do row crops have gotten them planted, or have made plans to plant alternative summer annuals. Most of Rockbridge received 1 to 1.5 inches of rain the second half of the week.

BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
Some scattered rainstorms.

CENTRAL

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Due to an increased frequency of small afternoon thunderstorms, the soil is near field capacity and this is delaying soybean planting and small grain harvest.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Due to an increased frequency of small afternoon thunderstorms, the soil is near field capacity and this is delaying soybean planting and small grain harvest.

CHARLES CITY (Scott Reiter)
Heavy rains late in the week have stalled field work. Reports of 2-6 inches from Friday-Sunday. Mid-week some wheat was harvested, and soybean planting continued. Other activities included applying herbicides to cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. Growers are concerned about wheat quality again this season as rains will delay harvest.

SOUTHWESTERN

GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
Persistent rain arrived for the latter half of the week. Most areas of the county were getting dry, so the rain was welcome for most crops.

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SMYTH (Andy Overbay)
Rain has returned following a brief dry period where much of the hay cutting and corn planting took place. Crops are looking very good at the present. Fruit tree crops are seeing a return of fire blight, and fungal blights returning. Vegetable crops are seeing early signs of blight as well in limited areas, mostly to home gardens.

SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
Much needed rain fell this weekend. Grass has greened back up, and started growing. Seeing some unusual tobacco issues, working with a specialist to determine the cause.

SOUTHERN

LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
Industrial hemp is going in. Crops are appreciating the moisture, though the farmers would like some more field time. Lots of rain since the end of the week, upwards of 4 inches in places.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Heavy rain hit most of the county on Friday afternoon. Forecasted rain over the next 4-6 days will delay wheat harvest.

CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Rains over the weekend stalled soybean planting. Likelihood of rain continues for next several days. Field tillage and planting is likely to resume early in the week if more rain does not come. Wheat harvest is likely to start this week as soon as rains subside, and a few dry days allow grain to dry.

SOUTHAMPTON (Josh Holland)
Periods of hot/dry conditions have plagued the county over the last few weeks. Now the conditions have reversed, and we are heavily saturated due to continued rainfall. Crop conditions remain positive, even with excess moisture.

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Rain this week was much needed, but slowed down field work. Several tobacco fields have had the first cultivation. Corn twisted from heat, and lack of water early in the week. Many planted crops are coming up well, and doing better with much needed rain.

PRINCE GEORGE/SURRY/SUSSEX (Scott Reiter)
Heavy rains late in the week have stalled field work. Reports of 2-6 inches from Friday-Sunday. Mid-week some wheat was harvested, and soybean planting continued. Other activities included applying herbicides to cotton, peanuts, and soybeans. Growers are concerned about wheat quality again this season as rains will delay harvest.


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