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Sumter, Clarendon, Lee farmers welcome rain from Dorian

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 9/10/19

The majority of farmers in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties came through Hurricane Dorian last week about as well as could be expected and received some much-needed rain.

A farmer from each county spoke Friday after basically receiving just …

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Sumter, Clarendon, Lee farmers welcome rain from Dorian

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The majority of farmers in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties came through Hurricane Dorian last week about as well as could be expected and received some much-needed rain.

A farmer from each county spoke Friday after basically receiving just mild winds and rainfall from the storm earlier in the week.

Ricky Atkinson, a farmer in the St. Charles/Mayesville area of Lee County with about 3,500 acres of cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat, described the storm as "uneventful."

In Sumter County, Nathan Downer said conditions from Dorian were mild with no major effects and that he was thankful for the rain.

In Summerton, Chris Cogdill, another large-scale farmer, said the storm was just what was needed.

"We got an inch of rain, and that was ideal," Cogdill said. "We needed some rain on our soybeans and our cotton, so the timing was actually good."

Coastal farmers faced the most significant effects from the storm, and the state Department of Agriculture said Monday that initial assessments show some crop damage in coastal counties. Those crops include cotton, soybeans and hemp, according to Eva Moore, a spokeswoman for the state department.

In Charleston, strong winds toppled trees and brought down power lines Thursday. At one point, 120,000 people in Charleston County were without power - the highest outage number compared with other coastal communities.