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South Georgia's cotton farmers skip Expo to work in fields

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many south Georgia cotton farmers didn't make it to this year's Sunbelt Ag Expo because they were busy in their fields.

They're working around the clock to beat the rain forecast for Friday and this weekend. Because of dry weather this week, cotton vendor Baxter Clark knew he wouldn't see many farmers. He says while cotton acreage in Georgia is down about 100,000 acres this year, it remains the state's largest crop per acre. He says right now farmers want to sell because prices are up.

"Prices are increasing with our infrastructure here in Georgia, the cotton infrastructure the way it is I feel strongly that cotton is going to remain the number one acreage crop here in Georgia," said Clark.

Phytogen is developing new seed technology that makes cotton plants more worm resistant. The seed also produces high yields while keeping pests out of the cotton fields.


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