Virginia Field Reports: Crops Stressed from Heat, Lack of Moisture

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.

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


Spotty rains during the week with widespread storms Sunday evening. Corn silage chopping is in full swing in the western part of the county hard hit with dry conditions. Most pastures are overgrazed.

LOUDOUN (Jim Hilleary)
Multiple isolated, but powerful summer storms moved through the county this week. The rain, where present, helped minimize dry topsoil. Otherwise, production status remained mostly unchanged from the previous week.


ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Rockbridge had a hot, dry week. Pasture and crop conditions declined. Corn looks ok, but is beginning to show some signs of drought stress.

BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
A few scattered rainstorms throughout the week. Humid.


AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
We received some much-needed rain with Wednesday’s storm.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Very small, spotty rainstorms are not giving enough rainfall to most of the area. Crops are suffering.

BUCKINGHAM (Jennifer Ligon)
Certain spots in the southern and western part of Buckingham County are extremely dry. Hay fields are burnt up, where northern parts of the county are seeing adequate, but not abundant rainfall.


KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Very small, spotty rainstorms are not giving enough rainfall to most of the area. Crops are suffering.


GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
Hot, dry conditions are building, and forage crops are being hampered for the first time all summer. Some areas of the county are going on the third week of limited precipitation.

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SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
High temperatures and scattered showers have left most of the county in desperate need of rain. Corn is beginning to fire up, and pastures have quit growing. Vegetable yields have been good, and producers are preparing for upcoming FSDMA and GAPS audits.


LUNENBURG (Lindy Tucker)
Some areas received rain this week, but much of the county is still in need of water. Soybeans are looking good despite the year. Folks have been pulling tobacco pretty hard this week. Hayfields and pastures are dry.

FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel)
Hot, dry weather is causing crops to suffer. Corn silage chopping is in full swing in Franklin County. Silage is drying out fast. Soybean fields are looking really dry, some fields are not looking good. Pastures are dry! We need steady week of light rain to help everything.


GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Southwest portions of the county are suffering from 3+ weeks without rain; stressing crops and delaying development. Pastures in areas with recent rains are stable; opposite for rain stricken areas.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.6. Weather conditions are getting drier; scattered precipitation has helped some, but pastures are getting dry and crop conditions are declining. Farming activities for the week included harvesting corn for silage and harvesting apples.

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