Georgia farmers expect to lose about 30 percent of this year’s pecan crop after Hurricane Irma’s march through the state last week. The worst part is, those are not likely to be one year losses. Gary Black, Georgia’s commissioner of agriculture, said downed trees that were nearing maturity will take years to replace, meaning some producers will have lower yields for up to a decade.
The state’s cotton crop also is in for losses that have not been determined yet, but peanuts appear to have escaped serious damage by a narrow margin.
A good peanut crop, Black said, is important for the state. Most Georgia farmers are diversified, and a combination of peanuts, pecans and cotton is a common one. “We really need that peanut crop to come through,” Black said.
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