For the last decade-plus, Florida growers have been in a pitched battle with citrus greening, not to mention other pests and diseases. One element they have not had to contend with is a major hurricane, until Matthew came along last month.
“Most of the oranges and grapefruit were not yet ready to be harvested,” said Brad Rippey, a USDA meteorologist. “So I’m afraid we’ll see a lot of green fruit that was tossed to the ground because of the storm winds.” Read more
RALEIGH – The flood water hasn’t receded yet, but initial reports show that North Carolina’s agricultural industries took a beating from Hurricane Matthew. State ag officials do not have damage estimates, but the 48 counties affected by the storm are some of North Carolina’s largest ag counties. “The eastern counties[…]