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November 12, 2002

Lee County - Recent rains are ruining the pecan crop in South Georgia. The rain is causing pecans, that are starting to fall from the trees, to rot.

The rotting will lower the quality of the overall yield. Southwest Georgia farmers, like Roy Goodson, expect huge profit loses. Goodson says his yield will likely be 30 to 40% smaller than last year.

"The fallen pecans are staying wet for days, making them more susceptible to fungus," said Goodson. If the rain doesn't stop long enough for the fields to dry, farmers will not be able to collect the pecans. So, you will likely see a higher prices in the grocery store for the Georgia nut.

Posted at 5:35 PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com