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Irrigation: big topic during GA peanut tour

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DAWSON, GA (WALB) - The cost of keeping crops alive during a drought can zap the profit out of a farmer's pocket.

South Georgia researchers are trying to find ways to keep that from happening.

On the annual Georgia Peanut tour, folks connected to the peanut industry learned about the latest irrigation techniques at the USDA Peanut Research Lab in Dawson.

"We have had a tremendously dry September," said peanut farmer, Donald Chase. "We haven't seen this much heat and dry weather in a long time. Some type of irrigation solution would help solve a lot of headaches right now."

Researchers with the National Peanut Lab say peanut plants need 22 to 25 inches of water per year. Half of that is usually through irrigation.

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