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Peanut harvest looks promising

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 24, 2008

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia peanut farmers say this year's harvest is looking good. The weather was perfect Wednesday for farmers to harvest their fields.

Farmers are averaging 3,500 pounds to the acre and getting about 500 dollars per ton. But with production expenses going up 25-percent, farmers say that doesn't leave them with as big a profit as they would like.

The current unstable market isn't helping their bottom line either.

"When the stock market goes down, and the economy starts to go bad; the commodity prices start to go down and it affects us in a big way just like everybody else," said farmer Hank Youngblood.

Rain from Tropical Storm Fay helped some peanut fields, but others got too much rain. That damaged the root systems and caused some disease.

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