Tropical Storm Irma Takes Bite Of Georgia’s Pecan Crop, Loss Exceeds $100M
Tropical Storm Irma takes bite of Georgia’s pecan crop, loss exceeds $100M
Nearly a third of Georgia’s pecan crop was wiped out by Tropical Storm Irma, resulting in a more than $100 million loss for the state’s pecan growers, state and federal officials said Friday.
Most pecan farmers were were only days away from harvest in what was expected to be a bumper crop this year.
At Mason Pecan Farms, off Buckeye Road just south of Ga. 96, about 4,000 trees had been uprooted. Wind gusts reached 60 mph in some parts of the midstate.
“We’ve seen the devastation to a level, particularly (for) pecans, that we’ve not seen in quite some …