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Hurricane Arthur Damaged Hyde County Corn Crops

Corn Damage
Brian Long
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The path that Hurricane Arthur took last week hit an area of the state where a lot of corn is grown.  And several farmers will be affected.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and staff traveled by Forest Service plane to see the crop damage first hand.  Ag spokesman Brian Long says a lot of the damage was in Hyde County, known for growing corn.

“There are parts of Hyde County where you can just look and you would almost think you were somewhere in the Midwest, because it’s just is corn, and corn, and corn," said Long.

Long says when they landed, they definitely saw the impact of Hurricane Arthur.

“The corn was twisted or snapped off by the wind.  And you’ve got stalks lying on the ground," said Long.

And when that happens, harvesting is difficult.  Younger corn crops and soy beans and cotton low to the ground withstood the wind a little bit better.  Long says early reports show a 30- to 40-percent loss of crop in some areas.

A lot of the corn grown in Hyde County is for livestock feed and fuel.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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