South Carolina’s farmers who suffered major crop losses during last October’s devastating floods are facing new challenges when it comes to replanting.
“They’re starting their year off way behind the eight ball,” Clemson University Cooperative Extension agent Charles Davis told South Carolina Radio Network.
He said that the heavy rains that flooded fields in the Midlands and Pee Dee also washed nutrients from the soil so growers need to use more fertilizer than in the past. “We have some concerns about how much leeching of our soil nutrients occurred because of the heavy rainfall,” Davis said. “That, along with the residual crops that were not harvested last year.”
Some growers are saving money by using less seed.
Davis said some crops fared better than others after the flood. “Our corn crop was not damaged to any great degree because most of it had already been harvested,” Davis said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said a third of the state’s cotton, soybean and peanut crops were left to rot in the fields last fall.