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Farms, like much of state, weathered storm reasonably well

RICHMOND—While there were plenty of power outages and some flooding and wind, damage to Virginia farms from Hurricane Sandy was minor, according to farmers around the state.

“Only about 30 percent of the cotton was harvested, but all of the peanut crop was already in,” said Daryl Butler, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation district field service director for Southeast Virginia. “We got about 4 to 6 inches of rain, but crop conditions look pretty good and some growers are planning to get back into their fields by the end of the week if it dries out quickly enough.”

Butler said the biggest fear in his region was that high winds would scatter the mature cotton crop.

On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, “we had minimal crop damage that I’ve heard of,” said David Hickman, an Accomack County grain and potato farmer and member of the VFBF board of directors. “There was some flooding in newly seeded winter wheat fields. We may not get a good stand in some fields, but the majority of the corn was out of the field.”

Hickman farms in Horntown, which he said received 10½ inches of rain. Some of the soybean crop was blown over, but growers are expecting it to come back up enough to harvest.

The superstorm also brought snow to parts of Southwest Virginia and higher elevations in other parts of the state, but producers in those areas are accustomed to early winter weather and no serious problems were reported.

“We definitely dodged this one,” Butler said. “I haven’t heard of any significant damage claims in our region either.”

Contact Norm Hyde, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1146.
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