Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Saturday will be the milder of the two days. Sun and clouds will be the rule with early weekend highs in the mid 80s. Back to the low to mid 90s on Sunday!
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 13, 2013)--Kentucky farmer Jason Elliott had one of his best stands of burley tobacco growing until the rains started; five days and seven inches of precipitation later, about a quarter of his crop was ruined.
The thunderstorms will cost him thousands of dollars when he hauls his leaf to market.
Fields across tobacco country have been soaked and without a stretch of dry weather in coming weeks, Elliott's predicament could play out many times over.
More than half of top grower North Carolina's crop is in jeopardy.
In Kentucky, the nation's second-leading producer, the toll could hit as much as $100 million if the crop doesn't rebound.
It threatens to become the latest setback for a sector of agriculture that has endured sluggish prices, higher production costs and uncertain markets due.