YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Eye on Harvey
By Gene Hall
Hurricane Harvey has put Texas agriculture at risk.
The storm arrived Friday night, Aug. 25, holding nothing back, and the downpour continues.
Homes, barns and crops were no match for the high-powered winds, and catastrophic rainfall still floods the region.
For Texas agriculture, the storm struck at a time when farmers were working to harvest a bumper crop of cotton. Farmers helped farmers, attempting to bring in the crop before Harvey hit landfall.
Some finished. Others left cotton on the stalk in the field, while modules and bales faced the wrath of Harvey.
Acres of rice, soybeans and other crops, along with cattle, also faced the storm head on.
Exports from the seaport have slammed to a halt. Infrastructure is damaged. And lives forever changed.
Harvey’s effects will linger as we wait for the waters to recede and begin to fully assess the damages.
But one thing is for sure—Texans help Texans.
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