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Rains may drown new crops

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Extremely heavy rainfall in southwest Georgia since Saturday will delay planting for some farmers and could ruin crops for others.

In fields across southwest Georgia, newly sprouting corn crops were washed away or remain under inches of water.

UGA County Extension Agent Doug Collins says many counties are waiting for the rain to stop to assess the damage. For some, it could prove costly if they have to tear up their fields and start over since corn seed is expensive, and it could put them behind.

"When only three inches were expected that was still too much. I've talked with some who are going to delay planting with the three inches and now with up to 13 more possibly more that's certainly too much," said Collins.

In fields where ponding has occurred, farmers say it could take weeks for the soil to dry out enough to plant.

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