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Drought, hurricanes plague the South

The Around Farm Progress Podcast touches base with two Southern editors to discuss tough weather hitting the region

Face it, in agriculture, and perhaps across the country, 2020 can't end too soon. While the pandemic makes a lot of news, down on the farm the talk of the day – as usual – is the weather. But this year, the uncertainty of the weather seems to have a bigger bite.

In early August, a derecho – essentially a land hurricane – roared across 700 miles of the Midwest, covered in a recent episode. Yet just two weeks later, two hurricanes took aim at the Gulf Coast and while one brought mainly heavy rains, the second roared ashore as a Category 4 monster. But Laura wasn't the first big storm to hit the region.

This week we talk Hanna, Laura and the farm with two editors from the Farm Press team. Shelley Huguley, editor of Southwest Farm Press discusses the weather. From the crop-crunching drought north of the hurricane swamped coast, to the soggy fields to her south.

Then Alaina Dismukes with Delta Farm Press discusses what she's learned talking to farmers in Louisiana and Arkansas where Hurricane Laura brought plenty of rain, but also roared in with hit, or miss, winds and damage to farms across the region.

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