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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

June 20, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - In another month it will be harvest time for one of Georgia's largest corn crops ever, and farmers say it is vital that the crop have plenty of water in this final growth period.

Corn farmers in north Lee County say most of the recent scattered afternoon rain showers have missed their fields, and irrigation systems are working overtime for producing a top crop.

State ag experts say the dry land corn is very poor, but the irrigated corn is expected to bring between $7 and $8 a bushel. Lee County Extension Agent Doug Collins said "Diesel prices are really high, it costs a lot to water. But with the high corn prices it's going to be well worth it."

Corn production in South Georgia has increased dramatically in recent years, with increasing demand as a both food and energy source.

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