Alabama agriculture officials say the combination of oppressive heat and weeks of dry weather will produce yields the lowest farmers have seen in more than 25 years.
George Jeffcoat is a huge peanut producer in Houston County.
He says the dry weather has caused problems for his peanut crop. “I'm not too optimistic; low yield, low grade,” he says.
The recent showers have been so scattered, each field is different.
In one field, the dry weather has caused the peanuts inside to stop growing, leaving the shells empty.
Peanut farmers usually harvest now, but they're waiting two more weeks
If it stays warm, the peanuts will continue to mature, but cool weather will make them stop growing.
A lot of rain wouldn't change much now, but it could make the land too wet to harvest.
“I hate to project, but think it'll be off this year,” says Jeffcoat.
With the increase price of fuel and the low yield, Jeffcoat will struggle to make a profit this year.
Jeffcoat had a good crop the last three years, so he anticipated a bad one this year and he says he was ready for it.
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