King Cotton Unable To Escape Hurricane Michael's Wrath
Georgia's agriculture industry suffered devastation at the hands of Hurricane Michael. Pecan trees were toppled, chicken houses destroyed, and seemingly all farmers in southwest Georgia are working to recover.
Cotton was no exception. More than a million acres were planted this year before Michael hit.
"We had a great crop of cotton out there that was opened up and ready to be harvested and that's where the problem lies," said Taylor Sills with the Georgia Cotton Commission. "The wind came through and essentially blew the cotton off the plant."
Sills called Michael one of the worst disasters that could happen to farmers.
"The ripples of this storm will continue to be felt in rural Georgia for years to come," he said.
Sills said some farmers are just now getting assistance after Hurricane Irma hit last year and losses topped $100 millon. This year's damage is expected to far exceed that.
Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the state this week and pledged their support to help farmers. On his visit, Pence said the federal government would do everything it could to make farmers whole.