Hurricane Dorian farm damage

Published: Sep. 9, 2019 at 7:52 PM EDT
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Farmers in one Eastern Carolina County are speaking out about how Hurricane Dorian affected their farms.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, Senator Thom Tillis, and other state officials surveyed the damage on farms in Beaufort County on Monday.

Pope Farms is one of many with damaged crops after Hurricane Dorian came through. Those in the agriculture community say because of the strong winds, harvesting corn will be extremely difficult.

Farmers also say flooding and wind have damaged many of their soybean, cotton and tobacco crops as well.

Farmer Darren Armstrong said, "All the crops are affected by wind and the wind damage. The soybeans, they beat the leaves off of them, corn it blew it over, tobacco, kind of the same thing. Cotton is just really blown and laid over some so harvest will be an issue when those crops are mature."

Armstrong said with a storm happening this early in September, many of their crops were not quite ready, but farmers had to rush to complete a harvest as best they could before the hurricane.

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