Mid-Atlantic producers are working to assess damage after Ian

USDA shares how producers are just now getting a look at damage.

After leaving Florida, Hurricane Ian regained strength and slammed the Carolina coast.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says producers in the mid-Atlantic region are just now getting a look at the damage left behind.

“Now, as producers in the mid-Atlantic see weather slowly improving, they’re getting back down in the fields just to take a look at what happens. What we are expecting is some relatively minor damage to unharvested cotton in the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia. Hopefully, no long-term impacts. It’s going to take a while before fields are fully accessible due to wet conditions, but overall, I think we’re going to come out of this a lot better in the mid-Atlantic and in the Carolinas than what we saw across Florida.

Moody’s Analytics says Ian caused at least several billion dollars in damage in South Carolina. The overall damage is so severe, it could put a dent in fourth quarter GDP growth.