Late Summer Rains Help Georgia Crops

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DAWSON, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say late-season thunderstorms have come at the right time for Georgia farmers struggling to grow their crops in the ongoing drought.

Despite the dry year, the extra rainfall has been crucial since it came in the final weeks before farmers harvest cotton and peanuts, two of Georgia's main crops.

Some farmers anticipate a great year. New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show this year's peanut crop in Georgia could break records. Growers credit irrigation and the late-summer showers for the anticipated bumper crop for some.

Brian Creswell, an agricultural extension agent in Early County, says things look better "but I haven't heard anybody complaining about there being too much rain yet."

Almost half of Georgia's 3.8 million harvested croplands are irrigated.

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