Shredded wheat everywhere

Photo by John McCaslin

Hay cutting season is underway in Rappahannock, the furthest east county in Virginia to have more than 90 percent of its farmland planted in hay. One finds far more row crops in counties like Culpeper and Fauquier, where terrain is far less hilly and rocky (only 30 to 59 percent of the land in those two counties produces hay). That said, hay is the No. 1 crop in the Old Dominion, with 1.3 million planted acres — more than twice the amount planted in corn or soybeans, which are the state’s second and third leading crops respectively. This field of baled hay is at Ginger Hill Farm in Washington.

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