At Stake in Sally’s Wake: $400 Million in Florida Panhandle Agricultural Products

Clint Thompson Florida, Weather

By: Kirsten Romaguera, 352-294-3313, As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like the rest of the state, the Panhandle is more than its tourist-attracting beaches. The seasonal crops, livestock and aquaculture products …

Alabama Cotton Producers Dealing With Aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama cotton farmers continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, who just two days ago, upended this year’s work by producers in the southwest part of the state; specifically those in Escambia, Monroe and Baldwin Counties. One of those producers, Ed Kane, who also serves as a consultant, discussed the impact Wednesday’s storm had on …

Hurricane Sally Slams Alabama; Farmers Predict Major Crop Losses

Clint Thompson Alabama, Weather

Marlee Moore(334) 830-1053 Slow-moving Hurricane Sally stalled for hours along Alabama’s Gulf Coast Sept. 16, her creeping progress flooding fields — and farmers’ hopes for bumper harvests. “It started blowing high winds about 3 a.m. and didn’t stop till mid-morning. It was a beating,” said Eric Street, who farms near Fairhope with his brother, Tobin. “We’ve been preparing for this …

Alabama Cotton Producers Surveying Damage Following Hurricane Sally

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama cotton farmers are surveying the damage from Hurricane Sally, which delivered heavy wind gusts and dropped excessive amounts of rainfall on Wednesday, according to Steve Brown, Alabama Extension cotton specialist. “I talked to somebody who had talked to a consultant down near (Fairhope) yesterday and he said the cotton was flat. I talked to somebody around …

Hurricane Sally Delivering on Heavy Rain Forecast

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Weather

Hurricane Sally hit the mainland yesterday morning on the Alabama/Florida state line. The storm is slow-moving as predicted, making it to just short of the Alabama/Georgia state line this morning. Because of the speed, rain and flooding will be the biggest issue for landowners with 23 inches of rain reported from Pensacola yesterday morning alone. Sally will pretty much miss …


USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Sally

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Sally that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.  In a continuing effort to serve …


Support for Florida Timber Producers Recovering from Hurricane Michael

Clint Thompson Florida, Forestry, Weather

(NSF) – Timber growers in Florida who sustained damage from Hurricane Michael in October 2018 can start applying for federal recovery grants. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced registration has opened for the Florida Timber Recovery Block Grant Program and the Florida Irrigation Recovery Block Grant Program. Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, caused about $1.3 billion in losses to …

Crops Being Affected by Gulf Coast Storms

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As two storms, Laura and Marco, move across the gulf coast states this week, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at the crops that will be affected by these storms.