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09/01/11 — Bringing in the crop after the hurricane

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Bringing in the crop after the hurricane

By Steve Herring
Published in News on September 1, 2011 1:46 PM

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Seiso Chavez picks tobacco by hand at Dawl Farms in Pikeville. Hurricane Irene blew over the much of this year's tobacco crop. Farmers are now forced to have the cash crop picked by hand, which is tripling their labor cost.

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Miguel Gomez gathers the tobacco leaves. Agriculture officials say local crops are facing dire circumstance after Irene.

PIKEVILLE -- Standing on the dirt path that cuts through his family's tobacco patch, fourth generation farmer Paul Daw glances over at the modern automated harvester sitting useless and silent at the edge of the field. Just as generations...

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