In southern Georgia’s Dooly County, about 175 miles inland from where Hurricane Michael made landfall, cotton farmers and pecan growers were met with violent winds just weeks away from harvesting, reports the Wall Street Journal.
“This is by far the most damaging event I’ve ever seen for the pecan industry,” said Lenny Wells, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s expert on the nut.
The state’s pecan growers expected a great harvest this year of about 110 million pounds – but now it likely will bring in half that, said Mr. Wells.
A similar assessment of the damage to Georgia cotton is currently in process. The value of cotton production in the states hit by Michael was almost $1.6 billion in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Farmers also suffered losses in other crops, and an estimated 87 poultry houses were destroyed statewide, the Georgia Department of Agriculture said. (Source: Wall Street Journal
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