Virginia Field Reports: Timely Rains Save Crops

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 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)
Summer is here. Hot and humid all week with several thunderstorms. Some localized flooding at the end of the week. Northern part of the county is drier. Crops look decent overall.

WESTERN

BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
Hot again this week. A few rainstorms came through.

CENTRAL

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
The occurrence of several small thunderstorms during two nights across the county has saved many crops from permanent damage. However, in most of the county the ground is not sufficiently stocked with enough moisture to go many days without additional rainfall.

EASTERN

KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
The occurrence of several small thunderstorms during two nights across the county has saved many crops from permanent damage. However, in most of the county the ground is not sufficiently stocked with enough moisture to go many days without additional rainfall.

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ESSEX/KING AND QUEEN/KING WILLIAM (Robert Longest)
Many areas in these three counties received some much needed rainfall over the past few days, to recover from the period of hot and dry weather that was experienced from the end of June through the first week of July.

NORTHAMPTON (Ursula Deitch)
Potato harvest continues, green bean harvest for Northampton County is complete.

SOUTHWESTERN

GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
The county continues to receive periodic showers. With the area now in early July, the county is yet to see a significant dry spell common most summers. At the same time, it has not been excessively wet meaning that growing conditions for most forage crops has been almost ideal. Hay harvest has had its challenges, but overall, the growing season is ahead of schedule.

SOUTHERN

FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel)
Rain slowed certain areas of the county down. Some areas seeing rain, others nothing. Topsoil is dry, hot temps are not helping. Vegetables and fruit trees coming into the office with black rot.

SOUTHEASTERN

GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Two rain events in the last week have brought much needed moisture back into the county. Almost all tobacco has been topped, pastures are rebounding, and the last few soybean fields have been planted. Grain sorghum has also benefited from recent rains.

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Storms this weekend brought spotty showers, wind, lightening, and thunder. Several watches were issued for our area. The rain helped crops. Most crops are looking decent, and all crops were needing rain.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Weather conditions were warm with precipitation amounts up from the previous week. The rain has benefitted crops, but some areas are still dry. Farming activities for the week included making hay and harvesting apples.


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