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July 20, 2006

Colquitt County -- Weather conditions in South Georgia continue to put a damper on crops in the area.  A lack of rain and hot temperatures are putting a strain on many crops.

The weather is affecting everything from peanuts to cotton. Farmers and ag experts alike hope we get a good soaking rain-- soon.

The primary crops that we have, cotton, peanuts, tobacco are really under stress, moisture stress, heat stress, that sort of thing. "We haven't had any appreciable rain fall in two to three months to speak of ever since Tropical Storm Alberto came through which dropped about three inches on us all total," said Colquitt Extension Agent Glen Beard.

 Beard says cotton crops aren't blooming as well as they should be and neither are peanut plants. Fields of both crops could be destroyed by a lack of moisture.


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