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Farmers Battle Fall Weather

The recent rain has helped some peanut farmers. Some are hoping for a dry period to give them time to harvest their crops.

Wiregrass farmers haven't seen puddles of water for months.

Research and Extension Agent William Birdsong said, "This is unusual for October. We typically have 2-and-a-half inches and we've doubled that amount."

While farmers welcomed the recent rainfall to soften the earth for peanut farmers, many are now saying they need a break from the rain.

"We'd like open weather to allow farmers to continue with harvesting process and get crops out of [their] fields," Birdsong said.

The rain has had positive effects for cattle farmers preparing for the winter months.

Birdsong concluded, "The cattle farmers welcome rain because moisture is needed to plant winter annuals and to grow forage for the winter."

While most parts of the Wiregrass received between two and three inches of rain, it still wasn't enough to fill up most ponds farmers rely on to water their cattle.

While farmer are hoping for the rainfall to stop for at least three weeks, the forecast doesn't look like its going to wait that long.


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