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Looming rain to impact commutes, crops


The National Weather Service has issued Aerial Flood warnings in more than 25 south Georgia counties. That means Friday commutes, particularly in the afternoon can become extremely hectic.  In Coffee County, all schools will have early dismissal times.

"The roads can really be an issues tomorrow for school buses getting there," said WALB News 10 Meteorologist Ryan Beesley.

Dougherty County Extension Agent James Morgan says that corn crops could suffer because of the recent rainfall.

"If you get that much rain in that short period of a time, that could lead to flooding in some of the fields, therefore that corn that's already in there, for a long period of time, in terms of the water then it can actually kill that corn," Morgan said.

Farm gate surveys say Mitchell, Sumter, Seminole and Calhoun Counties are all in the state's top 10 for corn production rate by acre. The hope is that the predicted downpours don't meet the expectations.

"If its too excessive that could lead to disease problems," Morgan said. "That's the lack of oxygen getting to the roots, the roots need that oxygen to help with that water uptake, if that's not happening that plant can start to weaken, it will die."

Corn crop planting season generally extends to mid-April.



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