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Salt Water Inundation from Hurricane Sandy

Agricultural fields in close proximity to the Delaware Bay may have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Most of the damage came from salt water spilling into fields during the storm surge or extreme high tides.  This is not a new problem as several storms in recent history have caused significant acreage along the coast to become inundated with salt water.  This presents a number of challenges for growers with fields near the coastline.  It’s important to understand what salt water inundation is and how to manage it.

Dr. Gordon Johnson, Extension Fruits and Vegetable Specialist, and Phillip Sylvester, Kent County Extension Agriculture Agent, have written a post about Salt Water Inundation from Hurricane Sandy, to answer the following questions for growers:

  • What are the concerns with salt water inundation?
  • How long will the negative effects last?
  • How do I know if my fields were inundated with salt water?
  • Do I need to worry about irrigation water sources (i.e. ponds, wells)?
  • Are certain crops more sensitive to high salts than others?
  • What can I do with my fields that were inundated with salt water?
  • Can gypsum be used to remediate soils inundated with salt water?

Visit the Kent County Ag Extension blog post for the full details.

Delaware Bay aerial photo