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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
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It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Pecan harvesting has just started for farmers.
Pecans are expected to do well this season even with the large amount of rainfall received over the last several months.
Workers sift through the first pecans harvested this season to separate the good nuts from the bad ones.
First the trees are shaken. The harvester picks up the pecans, blows out the sticks and rocks and the pecans are placed in a cart behind the harvester. The cart is taken to the warehouse where cleaning and grading begins.
The first nuts harvested are pawnees. Desirables, the nuts most buyers prefer because of their quality won't be harvested for another couple weeks.
"Desirables use more chemicals because the scab gets really bad so we have to spray every seven days," said Juan Garcia, Shiloh Pecan Farm.
The thousands of acres of pecan trees at the farm takes a lot of tender, loving care.
For six to seven months, the trees are sprayed to protect the leaves. The leaves provide nutrients to the nuts.
"A tree's like a baby if you don't treat it good you're going to see it on your crop," said Garcia.
Pecans like other crops have felt the impact of the excessive rain from earlier this year.
"When you have excessive rain you have mold and fungus, something farmers refer to as scab, said Jim Worn, President of South Georgia Pecan Company. "It attacks the nut itself and affects the quality of the nut."
However, both the buyers and the farmers expect a good harvest this year.
"They'll still be good pecans but they just won't be as filled out or in as high yield as they've been the last couple of years," said Worn.
Garcia says pecan trees show what you work hard for all year.
Shiloh Pecan Farm harvests about 25 varieties and two million pounds of pecans per year.