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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 3, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia farmers started harvesting their peanut crop this week, because of worries about the three Tropical Storms in the Atlantic.  

After the torrential rains of Hurricane Fay, Lee County's Wendell Arrington spotted the first signs of tomato spotted wilt virus, so he decided to go ahead and dig his peanut crop a few days early.

The threat of Tropical Storms Hanna, Ike, and Josephine has farmers worried that heavy rains could delay their harvest, and bring on more disease problems.

"They are concerned that possibly if one of these tropical storms or hurricanes dumps more moisture on them, we might have another flare up of tomato spotted wilt virus, or anything like that. And that could affect yields or quality of the peanuts as well," said Hank Hammond of the Lee County Farm Service Agency. 

Farmers say the field conditions are ideal for harvesting this week, and are pleased with the quality of their peanut crop.

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