Eastern North Carolina farmers working overtime trying to get ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Published: Sep. 3, 2019 at 10:18 PM EDT
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Some Eastern North Carolina farmers are working overtime Tuesday and Wednesday to get their crops harvested, trying to get ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Farmers say they've already had a bad year with this corn crop and effects from the hurricane might make it even worse.

Some Beaufort County farmers are now rushing to save their corn, a crop they say can suffer greatly from the flooding and wind of a hurricane.

When it is not picked early, the corn can rot or decay from the flooding, and the wind can push it over, making it near to impossible to harvest.

Many farmers have been working early mornings and late nights to save what they can before Hurricane Dorian.

Justin Vanstaalduinen of Agrobusiness said, "These guys invest a lot of time, a lot of money into these crops, and just to have a devastating loss like that. It's just, it can be a game-changer for a lot of farms."

Though there is a rush to pick the corn now due to Dorian.

Farmers say harvesting generally happens around this time in September.

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