Hurricane Irma came through Southeast Alabama during September 10th and September 11th, 2017. After the storm passed through it was obvious that the Cotton crop was to bear most of the damage from this storm. During the storm in Southeast Alabama, wind speeds ranged mostly from 30 to 35 miles per hour. However, I have heard of some reports of 50 to 65 mile per hour gusts being recorded. We are very fortunate that the cotton crop was not impacted any more than what it has been from Irma. However, the consensus from my observations and grower input is that the negative impact from Irma is a loss of around 50 to 100 dollars an acre. This is from cumulative impacts as described in the summary. Certainly this is damaging to our Cotton farmers, who exist on narrow margins to begin with.
irma impacts on cotton.pdf
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