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Heat haunting commercial farmers

August 13, 2007

Lee County-  Backyard gardens aren't the only ones struggling under sweltering temperatures, commercial farmers have also been hurt by the sun's rays.

Last weeks scorching temperatures created further stress for several North Lee County farms that have had little rain. While cotton and peanuts need some warm dry, weather recent conditions have been extreme.

"I'm hearing a lot of instances where pegs are dying that's the structure that becomes the peanut, they're dying in the hot dry sun they're not putting peanuts on the plants so that's a problem," said Doug Collins, Lee County Extension Coordinator.

Collins says farmers have been irrigating more often and it's having little impact because the ground is losing moisture quicker than they can water.

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