Cotton, peanut farmers in SE Ala. need rain soon

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- Experts say cotton and peanut farmers in southeast Alabama need rain soon to improve yields after a dry summer.

Most of the state's Wiregrass region has been classified "abnormally dry" and that means some crops are wilting throughout the area.

Brandon Dillard, the Wiregrass regional extension agronomist, says if rains don't bring needed moisture to the region soon, "we are really going to get hurt."

A statewide survey by the National Agriculture Statistical Service shows 51 percent of Alabama cotton growers believe their crops are still in good condition. Only 36 percent of Alabama peanut farmers said their crops are faring that well.

The National Weather Service 10-day forecast for the the region calls for a 20 to 40 percent chance of scattered showers.

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