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Georgia pecan growers watch Tropical Storm Karen

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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Strong winds or heavy rains from Tropical Storm Karen could harm south Georgia's pecan crop.

Roy Goodson is one of many pecan growers checking the latest weather forecasts and keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Karen.

His pecan trees are full of nuts that will be ready for harvest in 3 or 4 weeks.

If the storm brings strong winds to our area, those heavy nuts could be devastated.

"Very definitely, " said Goodson.  "When you got a crop like we got, and pulling down on those limbs you don't need any wind, because it will definitely. We're going to have some limb breakage. Anything over 10 miles per hour we could have some problems."

Goodson said this year's pecan crop has been an expensive one because growers had to spray chemicals to fight insects and disease brought on by persistent summer rains.

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