March 11, 2014
Virginia farmers say last week's soaking rains came too late to do their crops much good.
Take Robert Spiers, for example. The Dinwiddie County farmer says his soybean plants refuse to grow healthy pods ... his peanuts are a loss ... and half his cotton crop is gone. He says last week's rain was beautiful, but in his words ... "I would have enjoyed it a month ago."
The Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that yields this year for many crops will be well below average. Grain corn is projected to be 15 percent below the five-year average.
Soybeans are estimated to be down nine percent, and flue-cured tobacco is expected to be down four percent