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Farmer’s crops thrive in drought

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After some drought relief in the middle of the summer, dry conditions are back in South Georgia and farmers are worried.

August rainfall is below normal.

Farmers had to dig up some crops that couldn't handle this summer's extreme heat and periods of drought.

Farmer Jimmy Webb says this has been one of the toughest years he's ever encountered.

"In 26 crops, I have never seen a spring that dry. I've seen some dry ones but not where it was that dry where people didn't get a stand when they planted," said Webb.

Webb says he's having a tough time again now after receiving some welcomed rain in June and July.

"Mother Nature has shined on us in June and July, but now she's come back to haunt us in August. We're use to that, the tough dog days of August," said Webb.

But most of Webb's crops are in better shape than you might think, thanks to his irrigation system.

He says he feels sorry for farmers who don't have a reliable means of irrigation and have to rely on the little rain that Mother Nature brought these past months.

Webb admits his water bill will be higher this year.

"Some years you don't have to use them very much, but this was one of those years where the entire corn crop was made with irrigation," said Webb.

Webb says it's all worth it because farming is the backbone of South Georgia. He says when crops suffer, so does the economy.

"It's going to be tough on the economy in Southwest Georgia. The economy in Southwest Georgia goes really how farms go. If farmers make a good crop they're going to go to town and make some good money," said Webb.

Webb and other farmers are ready to harvest their crops and put the summer of 2011 behind them.

Experts are predicting the price of cotton to rise as the drought worse, which may mean you could see higher prices for common goods such as clothes.

 

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