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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - It is the first day of spring, and many South Georgia farmers today were planting corn.

Georgia agriculture expects another large corn crop across the state.

In northern Lee County Charles Usry is planting 450 acres of corn. He already has 400 acres of wheat growing.

Like Many South Georgia farmers, Usry still hasn't decided whether he'll plant peanuts or cotton,  the more traditional South Georgia crops.

The demand for peanuts is almost zero because of a surplus from last year and the salmonella scare.  So corn is now a more important crop for most farmers.

Usry said "Prices of everything is causing a lot of scare about what to plant. A lot of folks just don't what to plant. Reckon you could take a coin and flip it to decide what you want to plant or not to plant. It's a big gamble."

Ag officials estimate that farmers in Lee County alone will plant 10,000 acres of corn by next week.

Usry says he'll wait until middle or late April to decide whether he'll plant peanuts this year.

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