The latest assessments from the Clemson Agricultural Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate crop loss will be roughly $125 million across eight South Carolina counties most severely affected by Hurricane Florence.
“We are estimating that the total crop impact on crops and livestock, facilities and otherwise is going to be $125 million,” Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said. The numbers were included in a letter sent by Gov. Henry McMaster to the state’s congressional delegation which estimated a total $1.2 billion impact on the state from the storm.
He noted that would be twice the economic impact of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and a little more than one-third the losses from the 2015 floods.
Weathers said the loss of greatest concern is cotton. [Read more…]