Tuesday's Rain Could Mean Better Future for Wiregrass Farmers, Or Could It?

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

Dry, short and brittle; that's the only way to describe un-irrigated corn crops, which have been labeled 'a total loss'.

"It's a little too late. We're in a stage now with our corn where we needed our water, but we didn't have the height on the actual plant," says Farmer and Researcher Brandon Dillard.

There was about two-and-a-half inches of rain Tuesday in some areas, but it's just not enough for dry land crops.

On the other hand, farmers with irrigated corn, which only amounts to about 100,000 acres statewide, can turn the irrigation machines off and save money.

"You can see here this irrigated corn is looking pretty good," Brandon says holding up an ear of corn.

Meanwhile, cotton farmers say they aren't concerned about their crops, even though there are adequate cotton stands.

And, the fact the seeds haven't germinated has caused cotton farmers' growing season to be shorter. Still, there's optimism about the recent rain.

"If we get rain and can have adequate rainfall for the next three to four months, without any dry or drought periods, then we can have a reasonable crop," says Wiregrass Research and Extension Office Representative William Birdsong.

However, with all the woes that have plagued the corn crop and the problems, which could easily get out of control for cotton growers, peanut farmers don't seem to be facing the same circumstances.

Whether farmers planted early or on time, peanuts now have just enough moisture.

"This has certainly helped. If we can get a flush of weeds going and they can continue on schedule," says Peanut Crop Expert and Wiregrass Research and Extension Official Kris Balkcom.

Now, peanut farmers will have to wait and see what the peanut stands will look like once its harvest time.

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