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SC agriculture officials release post-hurricane damage report

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Up to 75 percent of one acre of experimental broccoli might have been destroyed by heavy winds (Source: Brian Ward / Clemson University) Up to 75 percent of one acre of experimental broccoli might have been destroyed by heavy winds (Source: Brian Ward / Clemson University)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall in South Carolina over the weekend, is responsible for significant damage to some crops and livestock.

According to officials with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, early estimates indicate significant cotton crop loss and moderate soybean loss.

Officials said peanut storage could soon be an issue because seven out of twelve peanut buying points. High-value fall fruit is expected to be impacted.

South Carolina boasts a $1.4 billion poultry industry and the hurricane reportedly left many farms without electricity, which are now relying on generators to power their chicken houses. Officials said deaths of approximately 203,000 birds have been reported.

To report agriculture damage, please fill out Clemson University's online damage assessment form.

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