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Latest Winter Storm Could have been Much Worse

Latest Winter Storm Could have been Much Worse

Last week’s winter storm, bad as it was, didn’t create the problems North Carolina Department of Agriculture anticipated explains Brian Long, Public Affairs Director for North Carolina Department of Agriculture:

“We have gotten some reports of collapsed poultry houses. We do not have any reports of bird deaths from those situations though. The widespread power outages particularly in the southeast part of the state are a concern. Many farmers are using generators.”

And continuous wet, sloppy weather is keeping tractors out of wheat fields, especially in the southeastern part of the state explains Long:

“We are also hearing the storm delayed field work in the eastern part of the state. That worries small grain growers as they cannot get into the field to do any fertilization that needs to be done now.”

Road conditions were also a concern says Long:

“The companies these farmers partner with to move animals is another thing that we are keeping an eye on; are the road conditions affecting the movements of animals across the state.”

But, all in all, Long says it could have been much worse:

“We have some impacts, but I think so far what we are hearing is that it could have been a lot worse. So far it appears that it wasn’t as bad as we thought it could be considering the forecast.”

NCDA kept their emergency hotline open from Wednesday through the weekend to assist producers with agricultural emergencies.

Director of Public Affairs for NCDA Brian Long.

Photo courtesy NCDA'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.