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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In Georgia's largest agricultural county, flooding may have destroyed up to 25-percent of the crops currently in the ground.

Heavy rains the last few weeks washed out portions of fields and with it portions of corn crops in Colquitt County. Some fields of cucumbers and other crops are total losses.

They'll have to be replanted. County extension agents say snap peas and watermelons were also hit hard. For some crops, the damage might not be visible until harvest time.

"When you put this type of stress load on them they won't respond like they should for the rest of the year which in tern will reduce the yield potential of that particular plant so we really won't know until we start to harvest these crops," said Glenn Beard, Colquitt County Extension Agent-Horticulture.

Agents continue to survey fields and say extra fertilizer to prevent plant disease, fuel to turn over fields again, and additional seed to replace crops will be costly for farmers.

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