Florida Producers Escape Some of Dorian’s Devastation

Abbey Taylor Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Dorian turned out to be a storm full of surprising twists and turns. What was once supposed to decimate Florida’s east coast as a category four storm stayed hundreds of miles off land and continues to move up the Atlantic coast.

Florida lucked out with Dorian since the storm shifted gears over Labor Day weekend.

As for Florida, reports say that the state saw some rain, strong winds and a bit of flooding, but it could have been much more devastating to the state’s agriculture industry.

Some precautionary decisions may have an impact on some growers moving forward. For example, Fresh Plaza reported on Sept. 3 that Mike Owens of Pioneer Growers delayed corn planting in preparation for the storm, and he will now have to deal with the delayed season, including a delayed harvest.

Furthermore, some Florida citrus producers are breathing a sigh of relief that they didn’t see the extent of Dorian’s devastation. Some are even calling it a miracle. Read more about how citrus fared here.

Although Northeast Florida did see some winds and rain, overall the effects were minimal. Here is Hastings Extension Director Gary England on Sept. 5:

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