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So. Ga. goobers survived drought

September 19, 2007

Leesburg -- South Georgia agriculture experts say this year's peanut crop for many regions looks good despite the extreme drought. 

Buying points in Lee County are starting to see some of the early peanut harvest roll in. Georgia Farm Services already has several dozen trailer loads of peanuts drying. Peanuts are the top money crop in South Georgia, and agriculture is the number one industry in the state.

Farmers in Lee and Worth Counties say late summer rains came at just the right time.

"The word we have received from a lot of our farmers and from the peanut buying points, they are very very optimistic they are going to have a good crop this year. All the projections that have come from test plots are that they are going to have good, good yields," says Lee County FSA Executive Director Hank Hammond.

Most peanut producers will not begin harvesting their crops for about another week, but the early field testing shows some yielding 2,800 pounds an acre.

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