It’s not just transportation departments and public works directors scrambling to clean up Irene’s damage. In New Jersey, some of the crops really took a hit.
A Star-Ledger report from North and Northwest New Jersey counts corn, tomato, cucumber and other crops among those damaged, either by high winds or heavy floods. In Gloucester County, half of one peach farm was lost.
Harvests aside, Irene has already created a kink in the plans for fall fests. Tranquility Farms in Andover, Sussex County, lost its whole four-acre corn maze.
We’ll hear more later from WHYY’s Phil Gregory about agricultural effects Irene will have this season.