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Hurricane rains could help South Georgia peanuts

August 26, 2005

Leesburg -- Ag experts say Hurricane Katrina could actually help some South Georgia farmers.

 With the near 100 degree temperatures this month, much of the state's peanut crop could use a heavy rain.

University of Georgia Agronomist John Beasley said "with some of the temperatures we've had recently and the isolated rainfall we've had, a good two or three inches of rain widespread across the peanut belt would actually be a very positive thing for us."

 But Hurricane Katrina could be trouble for cotton farmers. Heavy winds could blow down cotton in the field, ruining it. Beasley said all farmers will have to keep a close eye for disease and pests after the storm.

Hurricane winds could bring caterpillar's from the Caribbean to South Georgia fields.

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