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Top Ag official is optimistic on crop outlook

DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) -

Georgia's top agriculture official says he's cautiously optimistic about this year's major crops in the state.

Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says things are a little behind because wet spring weather caused late planting for some crops... And dry weather recently is causing some concern.

“We've got some farmers in your viewing area right now who are keeping long nights and having to use irrigation quite a bit. That causes some stress this time of the crop year,” said Commissioner Gary Black.

Because of recent dry weather, counties in the extreme southwest corner of the state are now officially in a moderate drought.

Most of our region is listed as abnormally dry.

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