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Wiregrass Farmers' Final Stand

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

It's already considered a bad start for this season and it seems to have poured over from last year, but some farmers are taking precautions to make sure they're not left high and dry.

George Jeffcoat is a co-owner of Jeffcoat Farms. He looks at his cotton crop planted a month ago. Jeffcoat, who uses more than 2200 acres of farmland says his crop mirrors what area farmers are dealing with because of dry conditions.

The peanut and cotton crops already planted should be fine. If there's a continuous rain they'll grow. Meanwhile, the little corn that is harvested is pretty much in ruins.

Jeffcoat says some farmers are taking a different approach. They're scaling back on what they plant. But the dry heat isn't the only issue. Some cotton farmers also battle bugs eating their crop.

An herbicide could be the temporary answer to that problem. But right now the only answer to get farmers back on their feet again, is a consistent rain.

Some farmers irrigate as a supplemental measure. However, the dry weather is causing surface water collected for irrigation to dry up as well.

Scaling back can hurt farmers because they pay rent to use land they grow on.


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