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Water damage to crops may be worst in memory

July 20, 2005

Lee County-- The recent heavy rains brought on by Hurricane Dennis have literally drowned some South Georgia crops. Estimates are that as much as 5% of the row crops planted in Lee County could have been washed away or drowned by the torrent.

Right now, it appears that cotton and peanuts are the most affected. USDA agent Hank Hammond says that the dame he's seeing is the worst he's encountered, even surpassing the flood of 1994, for crops in Lee County.

And the crops that remain in tact will be more expensive to harvest, because of the additional chemicals they'll need to ward off pests and disease made worse by the rains, and the fuel it will take for farmers to apply those chemicals.

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