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Farms spared widespread loss from Dennis, but foresters worried

Forestry experts fear timber losses from the winds of Hurricane Dennis, which may even have put a dint in the Georgia peach crop. But Alabama farmers say they're confident that the storm's heavy rains won't hurt them the way Ivan did last September.

The timber industry took the brunt of Alabama's agricultural losses from Ivan. Damage was estimated at 700 million dollars. Growers salvaged whatever they could sell of downed trees. But they suffered low prices from a glut of timber hitting the market. Mark Dubois, an associate professor of forestry at Auburn University, says Dennis could cause even more damage in pine forests that already had their root systems shaken up by Ivan. Dennis quickly lost steam after making landfall on the Florida Panhandle. Most farmers were spared from the crop-shredding winds and flooding rains they feared.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press

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