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Farmer: “You have to hope for better next year”

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 5:28 PM CDT
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DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (WTVY) - Monday is National Farmers Day. Like so many others, farmers are facing many hardships this year due to weather in the South.

"Sometimes it makes you wonder, maybe I should change the line of work I’m in,” Seminole County farmer Greg Mims said.

Peanut vines continue to lay across his fields in south Georgia. Mims says the crops should have been gathered weeks ago. However, heavy rains have led to a delayed harvest.

“Number 1, there was Hurricane Sally that come through, which dumped about 12 inches of rain,” Mims said. “The fact that the peanuts are having to lay out here so long, it definitely affects the grade, especially when you’re trying to plow up. We’re behind on plowing up, so we lose a lot of the more mature peanuts.”

It’s not just the peanut crop that is suffering. Mims says the weather is also affecting the cotton harvest, as well.

“Much of the cotton has been beat out on the ground. So that’s more money you’ve lost in the cotton plant this year,” Mims said.

The crops are in need of about two to three good weeks of sunshine and no rain to help dry them out.

With so many farmers scrambling at one time, that’s causing backlogs in the gathering process.

“It’s put a bottleneck at the buying points, causing a shortage of the trailers that we load the peanuts on. It’s hard to get enough of them to go around because everybody’s just bringing peanuts in all at one time,” Mims said.

Still, Mims and his family will carry on.

“You really have to look at a year like this and hope for better next year,” Mims said.

Georgia is the top peanut producer in the United States. The crop is valued at more than $600 million.

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