Extremely dry and hot weather has reduced disease problems in most crops, but diminished yield potential makes it more critical to manage harvest-time diseases. Virginia Tech researchers will discuss some things for growers to consider as they move toward harvest time for peanuts, cotton and soybeans.

Peanut variety and maturity assessment will be a timely topic as Virginia growers seek to salvage as much of their crop as possible. Heat and drought have kept peanuts in a drought situation for most of the growing season and will likely produce a non-uniform crop, making harvest timing more challenging.

Grain sorghum isn’t a major crop in Virginia, but one in which growers have shown more interest in recent years. At the Sept. 14 Virginia Tech field day, growers will have a chance to look at a number of grain sorghum varieties.

Insects, especially spider mites, can be the final nail in the coffin for a drought-plagued crop. Adding insult to injury can put an even bigger damper on what is shaping up to be a less than average yield for crops across the board in Virginia.

During the meeting, there will be an exhibit by agricultural product manufacturers and ag services. There also will be updates by FSA and NRCS officials.

Registration for the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. and the tour begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. For more information concerning the meeting, contact Gail White at the Tidewater Station —757) 657-6450, ext. 430 or guwhite@exchange.vt.edu.

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