Valley Remains the Exception to Dwindling Crops

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va (WHSV)-- Local farmers are still bringing delicious sweet corn to the market.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects that Virginia's corn crop will be down seven percent this year compared to 2013.

Some farmers are seeing the opposite trend in our area. Grant Bentz farms in Rockingham County, and tells us his corn production has doubled since last year. He says this part of Virginia isn't dealing with a drought like southern Virginia.

"Here in the Valley, we've had sufficient rainfall and it's been properly timed. There's been very little irrigation required, and our corn is great this year," said Bentz.

The USDA made its crop forecast based off of conditions it found during a survey of Virginia on Aug. 1.


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