Drought’s toll on farms
Recent rains came too late for area farmers hard hit by the summer’s drought and hot-as-you-know-what temperatures. So it’s no surprise that the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says that crop yields are expected to be way down. For example, corn yields, it says, are forecast to average about 56 bushels an acre, down 75 bushels an acre from last year. Peanut yields are expected to be 2,000 pounds an acre, down 1,700 pounds from last year; apples, 225 milllion pounds, down 20 million pounds. For more, see the agency site here.