Virginia Field Reports: Corn Harvest Speeds Along

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 15, 2019.

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


Above average temperatures and no significant rain. Manure applications continued on corn silage ground. Cover crop planting is well underway on corn silage ground. The first corn grain harvest occurred last week. Heavy populations of dragonflies were noticed migrating through the area.


ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
Hot and dry describes Rockbridge this week. Pasture conditions have deteriorated rapidly this week. The dry conditions came too late to hurt most corn, but a significant number of livestock are getting supplemental feed and hay now due to poor pasture conditions. Others have sent cattle to market early due to limited grazeable forage.

BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
Scattered rainstorms throughout the week, upper 50s in the morning and 80s in the afternoon.


AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
Though the county received some rain this week, most parts remain very dry.

CAROLINE (Mike Broaddus)
Ground is very parched in most places in the county. Small rain events do very little for current 95+ degree days.


KING GEORGE (Mike Broaddus)
Ground is very parched in most places in the county. Small rain events do very little for current 95+ degree days.


GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
Continued hot and dry weather is affecting pasture to the point that some beef producers are starting to feed hay, or are considering selling animals to reduce stocking load on the worst fields.


FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel)
Franklin County saw a small amount of rain Thursday night in areas and Friday light mist all day. Still not enough to help with dry conditions. Hot, humid weather all last week.


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GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
Storms passed through the county Thursday night delivering some rain. The southernmost portion of the county along the state line remains dry. Corn continues to be harvested, and tobacco harvest is nearing completion.

BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
Some spotty showers were appreciated last week. Harvest is gearing up. Planting of small grains have begun as fields are harvested. Producers are watching the latest hurricane and the tropics.

General Comments

Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.7. Weather conditions continue to be hot and dry; rain was limited and pastures continue to deteriorate. Parts of the State are in D0 (abnormally dry) and D1 (moderate drought) conditions. Farmers are giving supplemental feed and hay to livestock. Farming activities for the week included planting small grains, harvesting corn, and sending cattle to market.

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