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Dry weather leaving crops ‘sluggish’

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Limited rainfall is leaving area crops “a bit sluggish” this year, according to a Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) agent.

Scott McElfresh, Pulaski County’s agriculture agent, said area crops “appear to be a bit sluggish in their growth” as can be expected since “rains have been real hit or miss this year.” Nonetheless, he said he hasn’t seen any crops that “look excessively poor.

“I think one would expect these plants to be growing faster. A good, soaking rain wouldn’t hurt,” he said.

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