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Pecan season approaching, could rain impact crops?

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THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Pecans should start budding soon, but could all the rain impact the crop?

last year some trees were attacked by a disease called scab. Experts say the wet weather puts trees at risk again this year.

"The consistent amount of rainfall is a conducive environment for scab disease, and so your scab pressure in a rainy year, is higher," said UGA Thomas County extension agent Andrew Sawyer.

farmers normally start spraying in April and continue every 2 weeks, depending on the weather. Georgia growers are expected to produce more than 60 million pounds of pecans this year.

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