Farmers affected by Hurricane Matthew are encouraged to go online and complete an assessment form to help state officials get a handle on the damage caused by the storm. The information will then be tracked by Clemson University.
State Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said preliminary reports indicate that Matthew’s impact caused significant losses for cotton and moderate loss of soybeans.
The state Department of Agriculture is working with Clemson, the South Carolina Farm Bureau, Farm Credit and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assemble the information on damage.
Much of the peanut crop was harvested before Matthew’s arrival, while cotton and soybean crops may have already been finished depending on the county.
Growers of “high-value” fall fruits and vegetables have already harvested the first round, but future harvests could be affected.
Weathers said more than 200,000 poultry farm birds were lost from flooding and hurricane damage.