Compiled by Farm Press Staff
It is too early to evaluate the damage Hurricane Michael left in its wake as it plowed across the Southeast, but many agricultural communities suffered massive damage.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the storm and our editors are gathering information as it comes in.
Here are social media posts from those in the affected areas.
Mitchell County. "The crop is gone, but there was no blood. I am thankful for the safety of my family. Three storms- 2016, 2017, 2018. Where do I go from here?" pic.twitter.com/X2WswHossC— Bob Kemerait (@bobkemerait) October 11, 2018
Pre and post, farmer sent me post storm pics and didn't realize I had taken a pre from exact same location pic.twitter.com/6eduOX18Ha— TurnerCoAg (@ag_turner) October 11, 2018
Extension Director, Dr. Gary Lemme, and other Extension professionals are observing South Alabama crop damage with @RepMarthaRoby. William Birdsong is discussing #cotton damage & Kris Balkcom is detailing the future of the #peanut crop. #hurricanemichael pic.twitter.com/HLyMLj2prF— Alabama Extension (@ACESedu) October 12, 2018
Total crop loss. I’ll never forget Michael # pic.twitter.com/x1NLce2Tsf— Jimmy Webb (@Jlw1963Webb) October 12, 2018
Worse thing every lived through: Family is ok. Cotton striped, hundreds pivots flipped,chicken houses flat. Nobody prepared for this. All crops will be total loss except for peanuts not dug, but with some pnut warehouse roof blown off so no where to put pnuts pic.twitter.com/B5sJ5XWPhY— Wes Briggs (@wbriggs12) October 12, 2018
Our team at @USDA is ready to respond to the needs of farmers & ranchers as they recover from #HurricaneMichael. Held a briefing with @VP Mike Pence today in our offices. Here's a video recap:https://t.co/YsXMxzSqJn— Sec. Sonny Perdue (@SecretarySonny) October 11, 2018
Feel for my West Ga friends. This field was farthest west in my area and I am estimating 25% loss. Eastern side had minimal damage. Amazing the difference in 60 miles. #michaelhurricane pic.twitter.com/vawDalwZoq— John D Beasley, CCA (@JohnDBeasley1) October 12, 2018
We offer a variety of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible crop or livestock losses. Contact your local @usdafsa office to learn what documents can help the local office expedite assistance https://t.co/1jADxbxyhi #HurricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/AYQTcJjxlH— Dept. of Agriculture (@USDA) October 11, 2018
In Georgia Hurricane Michael is endangering key crops, poultry and dairy farms. https://t.co/HFHnYWMLnS— Civil Eats (@CivilEats) October 11, 2018
It's still too early to know the full extent of how #HurricaneMichael will impact @PeanutFarmers, but we know there has been a lot of damage for peanut, cotton, and pecan. Praying for all the growers in the SE impacted! https://t.co/Etc2hHQ91v #TropicalStormMichael— RDN @PeanutFarmers (@PeanutRD) October 11, 2018
"For me the #cotton #crop is as bad as it gets. I was picking three bale cotton yesterday, today it is gone. Can't tell the difference between what I've picked and what I haven't."---Cotton farmer and State Representative Clay Pirkle#HurricaneMichael #georgiacrops pic.twitter.com/LyCb4vGFgn— Georgia Grown (@GeorgiaGrown) October 11, 2018
Farmers impacted by #HurricaneMichael: For crops like pecans that may be in flooded areas but flood waters did NOT contact the edible part of the crop, growers should evaluate the safety of the crops for human consumption on a case-by-case basis for possible #foodsafety concerns. pic.twitter.com/FKipCd1cwF— GDA Food Safety (@GDAFoodSafety) October 11, 2018
This was +1500lb cotton. Probably pick 250-500 now. pic.twitter.com/QFObcaLi40— Copperhead Road Farms Inc.-Trey Dunaway (@DunawayTrey) October 11, 2018