Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -
The shirt you're wearing right now may have started as a cotton seed right here in south Georgia.
Cotton is one of the state's most profitable crops, and is essential to our economy.
We're in the middle of harvest season, so how are the yields, quality, and prices holding up?
Just three weeks ago, cotton was at a 6 month high per pound, but things have taken a downward turn.
"A lot of buying a few weeks ago, pushed the price up to upper 70's. Which is the highest it's been since may, but it has actually come right back down, dropped 7 and half cents since late October," said UGA Cooperative Extension Agent Andrew Sawyer.
Here in Thomas County and throughout the state, cotton is still king, and farmers are predicting an above average harvest.
"We've planted about 34,000 acres of cotton and we're the 8th county in the state for farm gate income of cotton, but Georgia is the 2nd producing cotton state in the country," said Sawyer.
Farmers say while the weather can make or break a crop, this year's rain has been favorable.
"Sometimes you may get too much rain at once or it may rain at the wrong time and they may drop squares," said Sawyer.
Experts say there is one major issue with some of the quality that could present a problem for the manufacturers.
"There have been reports of high micronaire cotton. We call it high mike. That's the thickness of the lint and that can be a problem in the textile process," said Sawyer.
Farmers are anticipating potential record yields of cotton for the state, but with lower prices, this may not necessarily result in record profits.
Georgia farmers planted around 300,000 fewer acres of cotton this year than last year. Farmers switched that acreage to corn, soybeans, and peanuts which were projected to bring in higher prices this year.