June 1, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Spring rains have created a plentiful hay crop in Bedford County, one of the top five localities in Virginia for hay production.
Farmer Steve Wilkerson tells the News & Advance of Lynchburg that better-than-usual spring rains produced an abundant hay crop in his fields.
Besides the rain, the sunny, fair weather in recent weeks has created the perfect conditions to bale hay, which must be dry to cut.
Scott Baker is Bedford's extension agent. He says most area producers agree that the hay yield is good or better than last year.
Across the state, hay is listed as 14 percent in "excellent" condition, 47 percent "good" and 32 percent, according to a report from the Virginia field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.