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BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Cotton farmers are getting their crop out a few weeks later than usual this year, thanks to all of the rain this summer.

"Due to the rain, we did not get the crop out maybe as fast as we have in previous years," said Garvie Nichols, Ag.. Agent for the Brooks County Extension Office.

Nichols said most farmers aim to have their cotton harvested by Thanksgiving, but this year it will likely take most farmers until Christmas.

"It looks as though it will be out by Christmas, yes," said Nichols.

"The more timely we can get the cotton out of the field, the better quality cotton we should be able to get," Nichols explained.

Even though the cotton harvest will take a little longer than usual this year, the prices of cotton products, like clothing, aren't expected to go up. The delay is also not expected to affect next year's crop either. So, at least for now, next year's crop is back on schedule.

"The only thing [the late harvest] may delay," Nichols pointed out, "is people trying to plant wheat behind it. But there's not a lot of that, most of our wheat could've went in behind peanuts. As far as planting next year's cotton crop, it should not affect it, no."

Farmers are hoping that this coming Summer will provide slightly more favorable conditions.

Ideally, farmers would like to have one to two rain showers a week during the Summer months with dry weather towards the end of the Summer and beginning of the fall to allow them to make their hay and "get into the fields like we need to," Nichols remarked.

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