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Hurricane Florence forcing early harvest in Southeast U.S.

Hurricane Florence (Photo Courtesy of United States Department of Defense)

The phrase I heard most often on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour last month was, “If Mother Nature cooperates.” Well, she seems to be throwing a hissy-fit around the country. None worse than in the Carolinas.

The approach of Hurricane Florence forced many producers in the Carolinas to start early harvest. North Carolina Extension Agent Bryant Spivey says tobacco producers have had hard decisions.

Spivey says getting the sweet potato harvest in hasn’t been easy either.

However, Spivey says they have the experience of previous lessons learned.

Extension Agent Tim Britton says cotton is also in danger.

So, as we here in Iowa are preparing to make our own harvest, say a little prayer tonight for the farmers in the Carolinas who may lose it all.

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