Pecan Crop Major Concern in Baldwin County

Pecan Crop Major Concern in Baldwin County

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Friday was a typical afternoon in south central Baldwin County. Horses grazed in pastures, Fish River was serene, and diners at

the popular Fish River Grill in Marlow had few cares.

There's a hurricane burger on the menu, and it’s a monster,  but no one at the restaurant was expecting a monster storm

“I think it’s just going to blow real hard, and rain real hard, that’s it,” said restaurant worker Kayla Manci.

But all hands were on deck at the Baldwin County EMA headquarters in Robertsdale where two briefings were held with the National Weather Service.

“We had in some emergency management coordinators from several municipalities, law enforcement, power companies,” said Mitchell Sims, Baldwin County EMA Director.

One concern among the officials is informing tourists.

“We’ll gets winds of 50 miles an hour,” said County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey. “And while locals know about this, visitors may not know what to pay attention to and be aware of.”

Dorsey said people also need to be mindful this weekend of road flooding. Major roads like Highway-181, County Road 32, and County Road 13 have had sections under water during heavy rains this summer.

Maybe the most worried about the weekend storm are Baldwin County’s pecan growers.

“We’re very concerned,” said Mona Barfield of B&B Pecan Company in Fairhope. “This is a very expensive crop we’re growing right now.”

The pecans are just about to open and be ready for harvest in about 2-3 weeks.

They need to stay on the trees and not get blown down.

“If they blow off and haven’t opened up yet, then they’re a total loss,” said Clarence Bishop of B&B.

B&B Farms has more than 2,000 trees. Heavy winds and rain this weekend could cause a loss in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The Marriot Grand Hotel in Point Clear has already lost thousands due to dozens of cancellations.

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