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Drought spares many cornfields, affects soybeans

Ronnie Forrester of Holyoke Farm harvests a soybean field at Belle Isle State Park.

LANCASTER—Despite three straight months of mostly dry weather, Virginia’s corn crop has not suffered.

The Virginia office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the state’s corn growers will average about 148 bushels an acre, an increase of 2 bushels an acre over 2018. Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture crop production forecast predicts a national corn harvest of 55.5 million bushels—a 17% increase over last year.

Ronnie Forrester, a grain farmer in Lancaster County, attributes his successful corn crop to good timing. “A lot of the corn was planted early this year, and we had rain at the right time,” he said. “In my area, I had corn that did very well and corn that didn’t do…

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