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GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Some farmers are saying enough is enough.

Parts of Grady County have gotten more than 20-inches of rain already this month, resulting in disease and damaged crops.

Farmers are now getting crop dusters in the air to spray fungicide to try to protect their crops.

Standing water is just one of several weather related issues plaguing this and many other Grady County fields.

"Wet weather and storms coming out of the south and also wind coming from the east will increase the likelihood of having disease problems for our crops," said Grady County Extension Agent Don Clark.

Clark says the heavy rain has washed out the roots of cotton plants and damaged corn in the northern part of the county.

"We have some corn fields in the county that have blown over simply because of the water logged soils and just a little bit of wind will cause these heavy corn stalks with these heavy ears to blow over."

Clark says the biggest issue right now is disease.

And with farmers unable to get into the fields to spray, they are forced to use aerial applications.

"A lot of these materials we do not like really like to put out by air unless we just have to because sometimes we can't get the coverage that we need across the field."

But farmers say they are still unsure of what the long term impacts will be.

"A lot of the disease problems that this wet weather has set up for us, we will see over the coming weeks. We really need to get fungicides out on our peanuts, cotton, soybeans, some of our late planted corn," said Clark.

One thing they do know is this year's weather will negatively impact yields.

"Now with going with an extremely dry May and early June to extremely wet late June and July, we've had two extremes there that are going to affect our yields," said Clark.

But farmers are staying optimistic.

"Farmers are very resilient and we will get through this. We are hoping for the best, but it is just one of those problems we are used to dealing with," said Clark.

Clark says ideal conditions moving forward would be for the fields to first dry out, then receive about one to two inches of rain a week.

Grady County farmers say they only use aerial application as a last resort because it's more expensive and less precise than ground sprays. 

 

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