Weather a continuing concern for farmers in southern Virginia

Abundant rain has delayed planting for many of the region's tobacco farmers

POSTED: 07:00 PM EDT Jun 07, 2013    UPDATED: 10:36 PM EDT Jun 07, 2013 
Weather a continuing concern for farmers in southern Virginia
PITTSYLVANIA CO., Va. -

Farmers in southern Virginia are keeping one eye on the sky, as a wet spring continues to complicate their operations.

The moisture has been a benefit for crops already in the ground, but the frequent rains have put many of the area's tobacco farmers behind.
 
Stephen Barts is an Extension Agent in Pittsylvania County. "The concern now is not so much the tobacco crop is late being planted, but that puts you butting up against a frost at the end of the year," Barts told us. "We've been fortunate to see frost in October and November the last couple of years, but an early frost on a late-planted crop is not good."