Brad Thompson lands the helicopter on top of the upper deck of the modified trailer. Cotton plants whirled and dirt swirled. On the trailer, farmhand/ground crewman Dusty Smith casually refills the copter’s spray tank and chats with Thompson.
Ribbons were cut, farmers were honored, horses were ridden, some fishing was done, some good eating was had and the latest in farming technology and rural living was seen firsthand, and the weather was perfect for the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga.
On Oct. 7, soon after historic rain hit the region, Lindsay McClam took pictures during an airplane flyover of the terrible flooding in and around Kingstree, South Carolina, where she and her husband, Brian, farm.
The images and realization of just how bad historic flooding has hit some South Carolina farms are coming to light. South Carolina famers’ yields were already in trouble due to prolonged drought this summer. Now the flooding takes hope away for any harvest at all.
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers says conservative estimates put South Carolina crop losses at more than $300 million after historic rains devastated the state earlier this month....More
As the floodwaters recede in South Carolina, recovery requires information. Clemson University Extension has posted straightforward instructions for coping with flood damage on its website, from water safety to insurance claims to salvaging agricultural buildings....More
When the flood waters subside around a farm, one area to watch is the pesticide storage area. There could be damaged containers and spilled product, resulting in a potentially hazardous situation....More