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Cotton farmers hurry to plant before June 15th

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Pigweed being picked and removed from between the rows of cotton Pigweed being picked and removed from between the rows of cotton
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BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

The cotton plants are coming along nicely on the Price's farm in Brooks County despite a delay in planting because of all the rain in April.

"We're a few weeks behind," said Dillon Price, who farms with his brother Justin and his father David. "We started around the 28th of April, we usually like to start around the 1st of April."

Once they were finally able to get started, they worked hard to make up as much time as possible. "We put the planters in the field, we run every night 'til 10:30, 11 o' clock every night," Price explained.

Farmers must have cotton planted by June 15th to have it covered by insurance. And even though they had to replant some of their cotton after the last big rain storm a couple of weeks ago, Price is confident they'll meet the deadline.

"I think we can make it. We're on a replant now, tryin' to get that covered; sprayin' and tryin' to get our pig weeds covered," Stated Price. Getting rid of as much pigweed as possible is important to make sure the cotton will be high quality when it goes to gin in the fall.

Another challenge cotton farmers are facing as they plant their cotton is the microscopic bacteria called Thrips. "[Thrips] just won't let [cotton] grow as healthy at a young age," Price said as he examined a cotton plant damaged by Thrips.

Even with the damage and the pigweed and the delay in planting, Price says this year's crop isn't looking too bad.

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