Virginia Field Reports: Corn Stressed in Dry Areas

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 23, 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)
No significant rainfall during the week. The soil is drying out to the point of drought stress. Some corn is curling, and some turf areas are yellowing. The north part of the county is drier than the southern part.

WESTERN

ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Clear weather this week allowed field work to progress. Pastures are in good shape, and some folks are close to making second cuttings of grass hay.

CENTRAL

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
The top of the ground is starting to dry up, and that along with the high heat of the past 2 weeks is starting to show in field corn planted in lighter soils.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
The top of the ground is starting to dry up, and that along with the high heat of the past 2 weeks is starting to show in field corn planted in lighter soils.

CHARLES CITY (Scott Reiter)
Wheat harvest made good progress early in the week. Soybean planting is following right behind the combine with adequate soil moisture.

NORTHAMPTON (Ursula Deitch)
Potato harvest starts this week. Green bean harvest in Virginia started last week. It is very dry, and soil moisture is drying up.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Rain storms passing through Monday through Thursday added 1.5-3+ inches of rain to a majority of the county. Standing water in some fields is causing seeds/seedlings to dampen off or drown. Weed pressure is surmounting in a few fields where it is too wet to get equipment in for herbicide applications. Corn is the most vigorous down along the NC state line.

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CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
Most of wheat acres harvested this week with average to good yields. About an inch of rain this week was good for corn, which is starting to tassel for early varieties. Most of our soybean crop has been planted with few replanting needed thus far.

PRINCE GEORGE/SURRY/SUSSEX (Scott Reiter)
Wheat harvest made good progress early in the week. Soybean planting is following right behind the combine with adequate soil moisture.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.5. Temperatures were up and precipitation amounts were down from the previous week, making drier conditions. Farming activities for the week included harvesting wheat, making hay and planting soybeans.


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