Six months after Hurricane Michael, cotton producer optimistic about full recovery

Six months after Hurricane Michael, cotton producer optimistic about full recovery

DOERUN, GA (WALB) - Hurricane Michael devastated many of South Georgia’s rich farmlands a little more than six months ago.

Cotton growers are hoping for a much better year after Hurricane Michael destroyed millions of dollars of their crop last year.

After the hurricane the climate was extremely wet so it took awhile for farmers to get back in the fields.

But the president of Mobley Gin Company in Doerun said things are running smooth now.

Hurricane Michael damage to cotton crop (Source: Facebook)
Hurricane Michael damage to cotton crop (Source: Facebook)

He expects farmers and ginners to make a full recovery.

Typically they gin about 85,000 bails but last year they only ginned half that, around 42,000 bails.

“I’ve been in this business 35 years. And the crop last year was the best crop we’ve ever had. And so it was tough losing all that cotton and seeing all that cotton on the ground. But farmers are a resilient bunch and they’ll be back this year wide open,” explained Mark Mobley, President of Mobley Gin Company.

Cotton seeds will be planted at the end of April and beginning of May.

Mark Mobley, President, Mobley Gin Company (Source: WALB)
Mark Mobley, President, Mobley Gin Company (Source: WALB)

And, of course, it is a weather dependent job.

These cotton producers are also expecting to get disaster relief compensation in the next couple months.

“You owe a lot of money when you grow a crop. And to have a hurricane hit when it did, all the cotton was ready to be picked and that hurt. And you know farmers have bills to pay,” said Mobley.

He expects farmers and ginners to make a full recovery once the money comes in for farmers to catch up on their bills.

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