USDA meteorologist on the impact of Zeta

After making landfall in New Orleans Wednesday night as a strong Category 2 storm, Hurricane Zeta is now a post-tropical storm.

More than two million people are still without power in Louisiana and Georgia, and at least six people have been reported dead.

The powerful storm missed key ag producing regions, including the Mississippi Delta and Atlantic coast, but USDA says that some farmers did not dodge the damage.

They are still tallying sugarcane losses in Louisiana.

According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, “Most of the production is a bit further west, across south central Louisiana, but some of the eastern production areas were grazed by the hurricane and there may have been some impacts due to the high winds, primarily from a northerly or northwesterly direction on the west side of the storm, but also from storm surge that pushed into southeastern Louisiana in advance and during landfall.”

He says that there has been an impact on other unharvested summer crops, like cotton and soybeans.

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