Virginia crop production down in 2010
The Virginia Department of Agriculture says many of Virginia’s major crops produced significantly lower yields last year. Charles Fishburne reports.
The combination of heat and dry weather last year had a significant impact on agriculture.
Lidholm: A lot of our big powerhouse commodities, like corn for grain, soybeans, peanuts, cotton and hay, our yields were significantly lower in 2010 than they were in 2009; in some cases, the difference was what you would call traumatic.
Elaine Lidholm, spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, says the corn crop was cut in half, and only flue-cured tobacco held its own. Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry at 55 billion a year and some 357 thousand jobs.
There is no projected dollar-loss yet on last year’s crops.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News