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Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales

Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales
Soybeans have been Virginia’s top agricultural export for the past couple of years. Odds are they won’t be anymore.



Rainy weather leads to wide range of crop conditions

Rainy weather leads to wide range of crop conditions
Another rainy weekend at the end of October put some soybean producers even further behind in harvesting their crops. And while the rain from two tropical storm systems prevented drought problems, it’s been far too wet for many grain producers.



Summer weather patterns stress some crops

Summer weather patterns stress some crops
Extremely hot temperatures and only scattered showers are the formula for poor crops for some Virginia farmers every summer, and 2017 is shaping up to be more of the same.



Record soybean crop like winning the Super Bowl

Record soybean crop like winning the Super Bowl
This year’s Virginia soybean harvest is expected to break a record.



Heavy rains a mixed blessing for Virginia farmers

Heavy rains a mixed blessing for Virginia farmers
Frequent, heavy storms between May 14 and May 20 delayed fieldwork on Virginia farms and had some impact on recently planted corn and soybeans and nearly mature small grains.



Va. soybean farmers hurt by Chinese trade tariffs

Va. soybean farmers hurt by Chinese trade tariffs
China is the No. 1 export destination for $691 million of Virginia’s agricultural exports, so China’s retaliation for recently imposed U.S. tariffs is hurting the state’s farmers.



Heavy rainfall virtually halts fieldwork, damages some Va. crops

Although Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Virginia “dodged a bullet” with Hurricane Joaquin, farmers still got hit with crop damage.



Virginia Farm Bureau Grain Marketing key player in supply chain

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia’s farmers produced more than half a billion bushels of grain and soybeans between 2006 and 2012. And the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Grain Marketing Division moves millions of those bushels across the state annually.



Va. grain farmers enjoying near-perfect planting conditions

Va. grain farmers enjoying near-perfect planting conditions
Virginia grain growers have enjoyed almost perfect planting conditions so far this spring.



Soybeans led Virginia’s Top 12 farm and forest exports in 2016

Soybeans led Virginia’s Top 12 farm and forest exports in 2016
Overseas demand for soybeans is strong, and the popular legume was the top Virginia farm and forest export in 2016.



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