A welcome rain has slowed the drought conditions that the Eastern Shore experienced after over a month without measurable rain. Many areas of the Shore received over 1 1/2 inches of rain Wednesday. One northern Accomack County farmer said that the rain would greatly help cover crops that he planted to develop. The lack of rain sped up the harvesting of corn. Farmers are now beginning to harvest soy beans. It’s not clear yet what effect if any the lack of rain over the last month will have on yield. The rain may have a positive effect on the development of other crops such as cotton.
Governor Northam recently issued a drought alert for Virginia. While it has been dry lately, approximately half an inch on Sunday and one and a half inches yesterday will slow down drought conditions dramatically.