Tue., September 20, 2011 3:00pm (EDT)

Irene Brings Farm Workers
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Fall vegetables growing in Georgia (image courtesy University of Georgia)
Fall vegetables growing in Georgia (image courtesy University of Georgia)
Georgia's fall vegetable harvest is underway. Farmers are hoping they’ll have enough workers to pick their crops.

Prices for vegetables are strong right now due to crop losses on the east coast after flooding from Hurricane Irene. That same storm is also bringing migrant workers to Georgia.

Charles Hall with the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association says as of this week things look okay, but it’s still early.

“Some of the crops there basically got flooded and wiped out during that, the hurricane weather issues we had, so people are coming back through Georgia probably earlier than they would have otherwise.”

Hall says fruit and vegetable growers are waiting on results from a survey conducted in the spring. The data could show how much farmers lost after changes to Georgia’s immigration law led workers to flee the state. The report is expected October 1st.