Generally, soil conditions are very dry in Washington County. High winds early in the week of April 23, 2012, greatly stressed vine crops (melons).
Pastures are critically short of moisture and need rain, as do most fields undergoing land preparation. Several fields of wheat are diseased. Approximately 150 acres of Pioneer wheat didn’t vernalize and will be a total loss.
Also, two coastal bermuda hay fields are reported to have large numbers of large army worms and leaf-hoppers. Many producers are feeding this year’s ryegrass and oat hay while grass is short.
For the most part, planting has stopped until the next rain event. There is no appreciable moisture to a depth of 2 inches on most well drained sites. Submitted by Andy Andreasen, Washington County Extension Director