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Heavy Irrigation continues

May 25, 2006

Albany-- Irrigation, it's a sight in South Georgia, that was not so long ago limited by officials, but now due to the dry spring it is back in full force.

"We have had a lot of farmers that have irrigated six times or more already on their corn and some that have told us they have left it on the whole time on their corn"said Hank Hammond with the USDA.

Already facing crop price issues, farmer's entered this year's season at a disadvantage, but now with mother nature not providing enough moisture and gas prices rising like the temperatures many are worried about just turning a profit.

"Farmers were already in a tremendous price squeeze with respect to cost of their imputs and the prices they expect to recieve and this irrigation cost with diesel running around $2.30 or $2.40 a gallon every time you turn on that irrigation system your burning a lot of fuel and a lot of money"said Hammond

Many questions still face this seasons young crops, not the least of which, is how long heavy irrigation will be allowed to continue, and will we be able to stop an already mounting rain deficit.

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