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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

TERRELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The weather hasn't been good for another of south Georgia's top crops.

Many cotton farmers are behind schedule.

Wet weather earlier in the year delayed planting, and heavy rain later in the growing season put the plants at greater risk of damaging fungus.

Excess moisture creates prime conditions for boll rot that tear apart the cotton.

"We're still hopeful we're going to have a good cotton crop, the last 60 days when the cotton has been trying to open up especially on the bottom part of the stock that's hurting our yield, so we're still hopeful for a good crop. It's going to be late. The boll rot is taking it's toll on the final yield," said Rad Yager, Dougherty County Extension Agent.

Yager says it'll be mid to late October before most farmers start to harvest the bulk of the cotton.

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