July 6, 2010
While the heat has taken its toll on many Virginia crops, a Fourth of July picnic staple is doing better than most.
That's because most sweet corn grown in Virginia is irrigated to help it weather hot, dry spells such as the current scorcher.
Early spring rains followed by seasonal warmth also gave corn a heads-up over other crops, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
The majority of corn grown in the state is for grain uses. In 2008, Virginia growers harvested 340,000 acres of feed corn for animals.