Georgia Peanut Farmers Count Hurricane Michael Losses

Irrigation system in Georgia peanut field damaged by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael hit Georgia agriculture right at harvest season for many crops, including peanuts, where only half of what was looking to be a pretty good crop had been harvested. The remaining 50 percent is yet to be harvested as crop conditions deteriorate and damaged peanut buying points struggle to regain power to dry and grade the peanuts.

Officials with the Georgia Peanut Commission have been meeting with federal and state officials since the storm hit on October 10 trying to determine the impact on growers and the industry’s infrastructure.

In this interview, Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler talks about the damage and what needs to be done to help farmers recover. Interview with Don Koehler, GA Peanut Commission, on hurricane damage