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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

August 22, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - South Georgia corn farmers are trying to stay a step ahead of Tropical Storm Fay. They've rushed this week to get their crop harvested.

In Moultrie, wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour and showers were a welcome site for peanut crops.  Many crops have needed an extra four inches of water and should do well with the rainfall they received today. 

Farmer Craig Cannon says it was the corn crop that may not have survived Fay. "You can just knock corn flat on the dirt, and you just can't physically pick it up if there's a lot of it, and our moisture was already high on the corn. But we decided to take the lesser of the two evils and get what we could get."

While Cannon's thousand plus acres of peanuts will fair better, wind and rain could affect some of the heavier bowled cotton in the field.  It could twist the plant and make it more difficult to harvest.

People in Mitchell County certainly aren't strangers to severe weather. Gray skies and 16-mile-per hour winds in Camilla didn't slow down Friday's business. 

Rain showers fell off and on throughout the day as many kept a watchful eye on the sky.

"Because Mitchell county is Mitchell County, people pay attention to the weather.  People are very weather conscious and they're going to continue to be that because of past history," says Mitchell County 911 Director Clark Harrell.   

Mitchell County 911 had a full staff Friday to deal with any potential problems.  They're also ready to lend support to counties to the south if that could have to deal with more wind and rain.

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