Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Now the assessment of Irma’s impact on agriculture begins

Southeast Farm Press posted a story yesterday about some of the Southeastern crops that could be harmed by Hurricane Irma’s strong winds and rain. Among them are the pecan harvest, with trees that are heavily loaded and may have incurred a lot of damage from Irma’s high winds (similar to Matthew last year), citrus in Florida, and cotton crops, which are ready to be picked.  Like the cotton crop in Texas, which was hurt by Hurricane Harvey’s flooding rains and wind, the Southeastern cotton crop is ripe for harvest and the wind and rain could devastate the cotton plants just as the farmers are ready to pick.  Tomorrow the hard work of assessing the condition of the crops begins for folks in Georgia and Alabama. You can read the story here.

Source: Josh McGinty, Texas AgriLife via Southeast Farm Press