For the past six months, farmers have spent countless hours tending to their crops in hopes of a bountiful harvest this fall. In our area of Southeast Virginia, prior to the storm, crop conditions were very good with the potential for one of the best harvests that have been seen in the past several years. These good crops yields were desperately needed given the adversities experienced by farmers from the drought in 2010.
However, in a single day or even a few short hours, this storm has the potential to devastate a season’s worth of work by farmers and result in significant economic impact to the agricultural and rural communities. The winds will result in blown down fields of corn, cotton, soybeans and tobacco, making harvest difficult, if not impossible. Additionally, the inches of rain will swamp fields making it tough for farmers to return to their fields to salvage the crops.
So, as you watch the news coverage of Hurricane Irene over the next two days, please keep the farmers and rural communities in your thoughts and prayers.