Virginia Field Reports: Good Week for Harvest Progress

    Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 10, 2019.

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


    ROCKBRIDGE (Thomas Stanley)
    No precipitation in Rockbridge this week with seasonably cool temperatures, which allowed soybean harvest to proceed rapidly.

    BATH/HIGHLAND (Jennifer Matosky)
    Pastures are short. Most are considering feeding hay, if they haven’t already. Friday was cold and flurrying. The weekend it was warm in the 60s. Short rain showers through the week.


    AMELIA (Laura Siegle)
    We are seeing some pasture green-up although stress from the drought has certainly impacted fall recovery.

    BUCKINGHAM (Jennifer Ligon)
    Rain came too late to help with hay or pasture.

    ALBEMARLE (Carrie Swanson)
    Dry conditions in August through the middle of October have resulted in little to no stockpiled forage. Many livestock producers will have to feed more hay this winter. Second and third cutting hay production was also affected.

    CAMPBELL (Todd Scott)
    Farmers are reporting shortages of barley seed for winter double cropping.


    CHARLES CITY (Scott Reiter)
    Soybean harvest and wheat planting made good progress this week


    GRAYSON (Kevin Spurlin)
    The drought is largely behind us, but with cold arriving, forage growth is slowing quickly. There is still a concern about forage inventory entering the winter feeding season. Wholesale Christmas tree harvest is in full swing.

    SCOTT (Scott Jerrell)
    Rainfall has helped with overall topsoil moisture, but combined with cold temperatures, little pasture rebound has been seen. Livestock owners are looking to purchase hay or reduce herd sizes. Heifer producers are gearing up for the annual sale the Saturday after Thanksgiving with approximately 95 head for sale.


    FRANKLIN (Cynthia Martel)
    The moisture has been much needed, but winter crops and cover crops have been slow going in. Soybeans are still in some fields.


    GREENSVILLE (Sara Rutherford)
    Harvesting and planting are again top priorities this week. Rain was minimal this week, but soil moisture levels remain adequate for plant growth.

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    CHESAPEAKE CITY (Watson Lawrence Jr.)
    Warm temperatures and good field conditions allowed farmers to do much field work including harvesting hay, soybeans, planting wheat, and mowing corn stalks.

    BRUNSWICK (Cynthia Gregg)
    Colder temperatures and frost have caused final leaves to drop on soybeans and late planted cotton. Small grains are coming up nicely. Combines are running full harvesting soybeans and grain sorghum.

    PRINCE GEORGE (Scott Reiter)
    Soybean harvest and wheat planting made good progress this week.

    Genera Comments

    Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.1. Weather conditions were cooler as temperatures have dropped. Precipitation amounts were down from the previous week, but drought conditions continue to diminish. Farming activities for the week included harvesting soybeans, planting wheat, and mowing corn stalks.

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