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Tobacco crops getting late start

With temperatures reaching in the high 80s Wednesday, many farmers could be found working in the fields.

According to Halifax County Extension Agent Chris Brown, many county farmers are getting started later planting their tobacco crop than usual due to the unusual amount of rain and unsettling weather.

Farmers all over the county took advantage of Wednesday’s warm weather to either begin or continue planting their tobacco fields.

Farming for nearly 60 years, Hunter Owen of Hyco Road began planting tobacco earlier this month and continued to plant another five to 10 acres Wednesday on Ponderosa Road. 

Owen rents land from Gary Whitt and plans to have nearly 35 acres planted when all is said and done. 

On Wednesday, Owen sought help from Marlo Owen, William Marable and Harold Owen. The group set out early getting the remaining plants in the ground.

“Most farmers are about two to three weeks behind,” according to Extension Agent Brown.

However, he said he doesn’t believe local farmers have started late enough for it to be detrimental to the crops. 

Most crop insurance gives farmers until June 5 to get the plants in the ground, he added.