Len Middleton readjusted the ball cap on his head as he stood in a field of tobacco on Caney Fork Road that was destroyed the afternoon before by driving rain, howling winds, and marble sized hail.
“Two-and-a half acres of tobacco gone. It’s heartbreaking. It was one of the best crops I’ve raised here. I’ve lost a lot of money,” he said, looking at the few shredded leaves clinging to the beat-up stalks.
The loss amounts to 3,500 pounds per acre multiplied by $2 a pound, or about $18,000.