HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley says the heavy rains this summer are a disaster for agriculture across South Carolina.
Haley visited a farm in Dorchester County Monday where she looked at fields soggy from recent rains.
She has asked for federal disaster aid, which would entitle affected farmers to low-interest recovery loans.
State Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers, who toured with Haley, says the problems are not short-term.
He says some farms have had a hard time harvesting hay and that could mean beef and dairy cattle could run low on feed next winter.
Thirty-six counties -- termed "primary disaster counties" -- have damage exceeding 30%, which mostly affects wheat, soybeans, cotton, forage crops, and peaches.
The remaining 10 counties have damage below 30% but are included in the request as contiguous disaster counties.
Officials say it could be three months before they know if the disaster assistance will be approved, though Weathers expects a decision sooner.
(Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)