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Ag Officials flag Henderson Co. crop losses At $40 Million

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Agriculture officials in Henderson County say crop losses from this year's flooding could top $40 million. Agriculture officials in Henderson County say crop losses from this year's flooding could top $40 million.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -

Agriculture officials in Henderson County believe crop losses from this year's flooding could top $40 million.

Following weeks of heavy rain, Randy Edmundson has more than 80 acres of empty fields and dead crops.

"It is devastating. I have had a couple of older farmers tell me, it has been 50-60 years since they have seen anything like this," Edmundson said.

Members of the county's agricultural advisory committee said Wednesday they expect the losses to increase as rain continues and more farmers report on their crops.

Edmundson loss 45 acres of sweet corn, 10 acres of crookneck squash, 10 acres ofzucchinii, five acres of beans and pumpkins to flooding. Only eight acres of tomatoes have survived.

Flooding, disease and over-saturated soil are to blame for destroying some 6,600 acres of crops throughout the county, according to Extension Director Marvin Owings.

So what does that mean for consumers wanting to buy locally-grown produce?

"What they will probably see is maybe some higher prices because of supply and demand," Owings said.

Owings doesn't yet know how much costs may increase for certain fruits and vegetables, but shoppers could notice a difference starting next month.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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