Farms take hit after storm washes out harvest

Farms across north Santa Rosa County get busy in September. Peanuts, a staple crop of the region, are ready to be turned out of the dirt. Cotton and soybean harvests are not far behind.

So, when Hurricane Sally took a sharp turn east, farmers braced for losses. According to UF/IFAS Extension office researchers, agriculture along the Panhandle lost between $55 and $100 million worth of income.

Alan “Big Al” Edwards raises cattle and farms peanuts and cotton off Mineral Springs Road in Jay. He said the cows came out unscathed, but the crops were not as lucky.

Read the full article in the Oct. 1 issue of the Navarre Press.

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