Panhandle Crops Affected by Record Drought

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Cottondale, FL- Cottondale farmer Sonny Davis spent Monday picking the first of his peanut crops. Although an exciting time of year, he said one thing still sits in the back of his mind.

"You think back to the beginning of the year, we've been very dry," said Davis.

Farmers said this year's drought has been one of the worst on record. Davis compared it to 1980, when dry weather wiped out the majority of fields.

"It's stressful and then you couple that with the financial stress that it's going to put on most farmers," said Davis.

He said the lack of rain has cut some of his crop yields in half, costing him hundreds of thousands of dollars and forcing him to dip into his federal crop insurance.

"It doesn't get easier. It doesn't seem to get any better," said Davis.

Farmers, including Davis, said they've only been able to watch and wait.

Now that harvest season is here, they're hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

"I don't care what kind of operation or business you're in, you like to see things turn out well, things that you've put a lot of effort and money in," said Davis.

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