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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email 

Sasser, GA - (WALB) –   Farmers throughout South Georgia are turning an eye to the sky, hopeful it will release some much needed rain in the next few days. 

Mark's Melon Patch Owner Mark Daniel says the hotter and dryer than usual summer has caused crops to mature faster, and has called for more irrigation.

He says the yields haven't been as great, but the quality is good. Right now, Daniel says he's growing pumpkins and hoping for more rain, because it always seems to be more beneficial than irrigating crops.

"When you get rain, usually the conditions are cooler, it's cloudy," Daniel said. "The water you do get lasts longer. It's just way better when you can get it from Mother Nature. When God brings the rain, it's so much better than the irrigation. It's cheaper, for one thing. It's more uniform and it just brings the temperatures down. It cools everything down."

Daniel says despite the hot summer, the produce stand has still done plenty of business. He says no matter if the temperature is 95 or 100, his customers still want fresh grown fruits and vegetables.

 

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