Farmer Worries About Storm's Impact

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Farmers in our area are keeping track of Hurricane Sandy and preparing for the worst.

They're taking animals to shelters and keeping feed on hand for them.
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One farmer in particular, prepared as much as he could, but he is still worried about the storm.

Adam Ritchie put away equipment on Saturday in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

He said he already saw how much damage a storm can leave.

"I thought back this summer when we had that storm. It was pretty rough. I hate to see this come again," Ritchie said.

That's why he's preparing as much as he can.

Ritchie has already checked his generator in case he's without power for more than a week, like during the derecho in June.

"You need to keep your maintenance up in your generators to run that long and that's a long period of time to run without current," he said.

However, Ritchie's main concern is not losing power, but losing more than 100 acres of corn.

He said two of his fields are along Fulks Run and Big River.

He said the creek usually can only hold up to five inches of rain, before going outside of the banks.

"If that corn were get to be flooded out. We're looking at $200,000 plus loss for that," Ritchie said.

He said it's too late now to pick up the corn.

"We have too many acres to go across to harvest before the storm comes," he said.

He also said the corn is not dry enough to take it to the mills.

Ritchie right now can only wait.

"We're keeping track on when is coming, how soon is gonna be and I guess we'll just take it as it comes," he said.

He said he hopes it skips this area.

"We are hoping for the best, we are hoping this storm moves further north," he said.

Ritchie said he hopes the worst doesn't happen.

"It can take that corn out and that's our profit for the year."

Ritchie also has turkeys.

He said he luckily doesn't have them right now and will get them again three weeks from now..

But he said those farmers that do, have to be careful because the turkeys can panic and smother, if buildings collapse.


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