By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Farmers in the area are battling a sluggish economy this year and what has been a very dry season so far.

But hope arrived via the skies earlier this week. Research assistant and peanut specialist at Wiregrass Research and Extension Center Kris Balckom says farmer's hope the rain continues.

"Right now is a critical time," Balckom said.

"Anytime we can get a rain in the month of August, it has always been beneficial to growers of all crops. Whether it's peanuts or cotton."

This time of year presents other challenges besides lack of rain.

"Leaf-spot disease starts showing up on peanuts," Balckom says.

"That's always something that the farmer is always battling. They are spraying peanuts every two weeks with the fungicide to protect the leaves."

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