Pittsylvania County tobacco farmers rushing to harvest crop

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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - The tobacco harvest is in full swing in Pittsylvania County and farmers are hoping for mild weather during the next few weeks in order to have a good crop.

The recent hot and dry weather has delayed the maturity of some of the tobacco, which means farmers will have to wait a little longer to harvest it.

Farmers also had to plant late because of spring rains, causing them now to rush to try to get their tobacco harvested before the cold weather arrives.

"The real concern now is how many days are left on the calendar between here and the first killing frost in the fall," said Pittsylvania County Agriculture Agent Stephen Barts. "I think a number of the farmers are going to be able to save the crop."

Barts said the ideal scenario for the farmers would be for the daytime temperature to stay below 85 degrees and to get a little rain each week.

Pittsylvania County has more than 6,000 acres of flue-cured tobacco, more than any other county in the state.

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