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November 4, 2005

Lowndes County - It's the worst tobacco season South Georgia growers have seen in decades.

Nearly 40 inches of summertime rain caused diseases like blue mold and tomato spotted wilt virus.

Lowndes County tobacco grower Fred Wetherington says it's the worst he's seen in more than 30 years.  "That's almost a year's worth of rainfall in a two and a half month period, and that's when tobacco's usually made and matures," said Wetherington.

Wetherington says most farmers in South Georgia only made about 50 percent of their crop.

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