What About Our Food? Farmers Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Farmers Prepare For Hurricane Matthew

GREENSBORO, NC -- What if you couldn't pick out your favorite pumpkin this year for Halloween?  Or you couldn't load the kids in the car and go strawberry picking next spring?

With Hurricane Matthew eyeing the North Carolina coast, those are real possibilities.
So much so, Governor Pat McCrory's state of emergency extends to many Piedmont Triad counties, so farmers can get their work done before the storm.

At Rudd Farm in Greensboro, workers are pulling 12-hour days.

"We don't need 2 or 3 days of heavy rain anytime," explains Kenneth Rudd, who runs the family farm. "Especially in the fall 'cause it doesn't dry up quick."

Now, it's a race against clock right.

"We've got a full table between now and the end of the week if we do get that storm," explains Rudd.

Rudd and his crew hope to pull in potatoes, pumpkins and other produce for the fall.  And they want to plant all their strawberries for next spring.

"If you plant too late they won't get big enough and you won't have enough berries next year."

Under a state of emergency in North Carolina - farms can operate under longer hours and use different equipment to get the job done faster.

"We've got a good crew," Rudd tells.  "I can't complain."

So, in this race against time - his tractor is winning; and it has to if Rudd wants all the fruits of his labor.

"That's what we sell! If we don't have those, that's income we don't get."

Rudd says it's hard to estimate how much money they're lose if they don't  get the crops planted.  They have to account for seeds, as well as the crops they can't sell.

WFMY meteorologists say stormy weather likely won't hit Guilford county until late Friday or early Sunday - and Rudd says he's confident they'll get all their work done in that time.

(© 2016 WFMY)


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