Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Vegetable harvest considerations in hurricanes and floods

UGA Extension (Laurel L Dunn, Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva) has produced a web site which describes how to handle vegetable harvest before and after a flooding event like a hurricane which may be of use to vegetable producers. Since flood water after a storm can contaminate the vegetables, producers are encouraged to harvest as much as they can before the storm hits, even if yields are lower. There are also requirements for what to do after the storm that need to be followed. You can read more here.

Torrential rains in south Florida’s Redlands growing region severely damaged winter yellow squash, zucchini and green beans, as well as this field of corn grown by Alger Farms. Source: Alger Farms via The Packer.