Drought Takes Toll On Virginia Crops

August 9, 2007

Hot weather and the lack of rainfall are taking a toll on Virginia crops. Nearly two thirds of the state's corn, soybeans, and pastures are in very poor condition according to the most recent crop report by the Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service.

County Extension Agent Jim Belote says it's so bad in Accomack County that some cornfields might not even be harvested. Accomack County is the state's leading corn producer.

Belote estimated that Accomack farmers planted 28,000 acres of corn this year. Harvest could begin as early as the end of August.

Keith Lynch, hydrologist for the National Weather Service, says some relief is in sight, cooler temperatures are expected for the weekend, and the long-range forecast calls for normal rainfall the rest of the month.

Belote says that won't be enough to salvage the corn crop in Accomack, however, he said it could do some good for soybeans
and get the ground in shape for planting fall crops.

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