The Mississippi Department of Agriculture said farmers are experiencing a total loss for some crops after the flooding conditions swept farmlands. This loss will affect the economy but hopefully not Mississippi’s food production.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson said. “It was just torrential. It looked like a tropical storm.”
Gipson went to north Mississippi this week to observe the impacted farmlands.
“They look like lakes where there was cotton and soybeans. And there are even cornfields that are totally underwater,” he said.
Boliver County is one of the hardest-hit areas and those farmers are said to be losing corn, cotton and maybe more. Commissioner Gipson said they could possibly salvage their soybean crops if they choose to replant but only if the fields dry out.
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He said he hasn’t seen severity like this as long as he’s been with the department.
“This is really an unprecedented event as far north as it is in north Mississippi,” Gipson said. “We are used to seeing the flooding in south Delta and the Yazoo backwater and other parts of the state, but this event has dropped about 20 inches of rain in north Mississippi and the north Delta.”
Unfortunately, Gipson said there is not much the state can do to fix the problem.
“The devastation of a flood like this and an unexpected timeframe. Nobody could prepare for this. There’s nothing you could do to stop it,” Gipson said.
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