Northern Neck wheat crop looks promising based on recent farm tour

Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Trent Jones and Lancaster farmer Jock Chilton discussed the potential outlook for wheat production during the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual wheat tour May 27.

by AnnGardner Eubank

Although some farmers claim May was one of the driest months in the last 100 years, estimated yield projections for wheat sampled during the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s (VFBF) annual wheat tour on Thursday, May 28, are better than previously expected for the Northern Neck.

Representatives of Ardent Mills in Culpeper and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) joined VFBF and local farmers for the tour, led by VCE agent Trent Jones. He used two different techniques to estimate projected yields, based on planting practices among participating farmers.

More farmers in recent years have opted to move away from drilling their seed into the ground in rows and have began utilizing broadcast spraying techniques to….

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