Tifton farmer recovering after Hurricane Michael

Farmers across southwest Georgia are still recovering after Hurricane Michael swept through the state in October.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Farmers across southwest Georgia are still recovering after Hurricane Michael swept through the state last month.

Tifton farmer Bob Welker, owner of Berry Good Farms, says he saw an abundant loss of pine trees after the hurricane and his pecan crop was cut in half.

He says the heavy winds also tipped over large berry plants at his farm.

Welker says he's relieved his satsuma trees were not harmed at all and he adds he's just thankful his farm didn't suffer worse damage.

"I was reading some articles today and it just makes you sick to read the farmers losses," said Welker. "Although I'm on the fringe of being called a farmer, I'm really just a berry guy, and you know, it's not the same."

Welker will have satsuma oranges in the coming months along with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and masculine grapes.

He also plans to harvest as many pecans as he can this year.

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