Satsuma grove endures Hurricane Michael

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Jackson County citrus grower Mack Glass' grove looks a little different after Hurricane Michael.

"It kinda whipped the trees around a little bit, but the fruit amazingly, over half of it held onto the tree," Glass said.

Glass said damaged fruit usually falls off within two weeks.

"We've allowed it an extra week to make sure we get rid of anything that is bruised or damaged by the wind blast that it took," Glass said.

Out of 600 trees, Glass said he only lost one grapefruit tree.

"All of the trees will show stress and we'll have to nurture them closely next spring," Glass said.

Some other crops didn't fare as well as satsumas.

"You're looking at a 20-year supply of logs laying on the ground, equivalent of 2.4 million log trucks laying on the ground rotting," Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said.

State leaders said they're doing everything they can to help farmers and growers get back on their feet.

"That's all they ask for," Congressman Neal Dunn said. "Nobody's asking for a handout. They just want a hand up."

In the meantime, Glass said they plan to harvest the satsumas next week.

"The customers have been very patient," Glass said. "They're anxiously awaiting our fruit and it's very uplifting to have that kind of support."

In the midst of disaster, Glass still takes pride in his product.

He said this year's satsumas will be held to the same quality standard as they have been for more than 10 years.