Hurricane Idalia: Its strength and how it could impact southern producers

Ag producers in Florida have a close eye on Hurricane Idalia.

The storm became a category one overnight, gathering steam as it moved towards the Gulf shore. Our meteorologist Tim Ross says it will likely make landfall after midnight tonight into early tomorrow morning.

Right now, forecasters are not sure exactly where Idalia will make landfall, but Florida’s citrus growers have already had some difficult years. Last year’s Hurricane Ian caused nearly $250 million worth of damages to that crop, and the state saw its worst production since World War II.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says cotton growers are also bracing for Idalia with some bolls already open in several southern states.

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