Farmers in 49 Virginia counties who suffered losses from last year’s excessive heat and drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans.
Despite three straight months of mostly dry weather, Virginia’s corn crop has not suffered.
After starting the year with a surplus of moisture, most Virginia farmers now are anxiously awaiting rain after several months of dry weather.
Virginia topsoil moisture levels for the week ending Oct. 6 were approaching drought levels, with 73 percent of the state reporting short water supplies.
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.