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Farmers Encourage Peers Through Challenging Harvest
The fall harvest season has been especially difficult this year in many parts of North America.
Producers on the East Coast rushed to salvage what crops and livestock they could before Hurricane Florence devastated their operations. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced that initial estimates for crop damage and livestock loss are expected to be over $1.1 billion. The full extent of the damage won’t be known for months.
In the Midwest corn and soybean growers are battling disease, mold, and sprouting in the field as constant rain has kept them out of the field.
Data from the Iowa Environmental Mesonet shows as much as 21.48 inches of rain above normal have fallen in northeast Iowa since the beginning of August.
In parts of the U.S. and Canada, farmers have been delayed by early snowfall.
Despite the discouraging conditions, several farmers have taken to social media to encourage their peers and point out the positive things.