Overly wet June hurts Georgia Crops - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Overly wet June hurts Georgia Crops

Posted: Updated:
Young Peanut crops growing on the Docia Farms in Ty Ty Young Peanut crops growing on the Docia Farms in Ty Ty
John Dunn, Georgia Farmer John Dunn, Georgia Farmer
Phillip Grimes, Georgia Farmer Phillip Grimes, Georgia Farmer
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Darton College receives new honor

    Darton College receives new honor

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:37:42 GMT
    Darton State College receives a new honor.It is ranked 6th in the country among mid-sized colleges in the Center for Digital Education's annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.More >>
    Darton State College receives a new honor.It is ranked 6th in the country among mid-sized colleges in the Center for Digital Education's annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.More >>
  • NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

    NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:34:28 GMT
    Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive DirectorSilke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director
    The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence .Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. More >>
    The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence .Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. More >>
  • Albany fire department recruits 15 firefighters

    Albany fire department recruits 15 firefighters

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:29:55 GMT
    Richard Lynn, Albany FirefighterRichard Lynn, Albany Firefighter
    More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.More >>
    More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.More >>
TY TY, GA (WALB) -

Excess rain from an unusually wet June is wrecking havoc on crops and increasing costs for South Georgia growers.

Farmers said the last several years have been pretty dry, but this year they're struggling with a little too much of a good thing.

The young peanut crops just outside Ty Ty are in danger of drowning from heavy rains.

That's because South Georgia was hammered by storms in June, where some areas saw over ten inches of precipitation.

"We've had a tough time gettin' this crop off to a start.  All these heavy rains has saturated us, so a lot of these spots in the field has actually drowned, and it's just set us behind," said John Dunn, Georgia Farmer. 

And peanuts aren't the only crop having a hard time.

Watermelon and cantaloupes in the middle of harvest season are struggling with the wet weather.

"They suck up a lot of water, and they're hard to ship.  A lot of crackin' and you have to leave a lot of them in the field.  You don't harvest them all when you get a lot of wet weather," said Phillip Grimes, Georgia Farmer. 

Grimes said the quality of his produce has suffered from heavy rainfall.

And extra effort in the fields caused by struggles against the weather have made this season more expensive for farmers.

"What we've saved on irrigation, we're fixin' to put it back into fertilization, because these big rains has got our fertilizer.  And as soon as we can get back to the field, we've got to back and refertilize these crops to get 'em back goin'," said Dunn. 

But growers said they're just trying to work with what mother nature is bringing and keep a positive outlook.

"We'll work through it.  We may not have a crop we was all wishin' for, but we'll come out some way or another.  The old farmer, he'll stick in there," Dunn said.

Farmers said they hope the rain lets up a little to let the crops dry up, but they may be in for another challenge.   

The WALB weather team has forecasted another 2-4 inches of rain this week, but some areas could see double or triple that amount.

Some farmers said they've had a tough time with planting, spraying and cultivation this year, which has set them back a few weeks. 

Dunn said he worries extra rain could create problems for peanut farmers during harvest time in the fall when cooler weather could freeze some crops.

Some farmers said they've had to replant crops this year, but that this season's higher costs should not be passed on to the consumer.  They also said they'll have a better idea of how much the rain has cost them, a little later in the season.  

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.