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Farmers battle drought conditions

Jeremy Kichler Jeremy Kichler

South Georgia farmers say they need rain and soon to help to save their crops.

After an unusually wet spring delayed planting for some farmers, their water supply is now being hit hard by dry weather.

The U-S Agriculture Department has expanded the area of moderate drought in south Georgia.

With most farmers irrigating only 60 percent of their crops, they need rain before it is time to start harvesting.

"Dry land production is suffering right now because you know some of these dry land peanuts are going into drought stress and a lot of dry land cotton is starting to open up and suffering pretty big deal losses right now," said Colquitt County Extension Coordinator Jeremy Kichler.

Kichler says farmers need about one to two inches of rain per week until harvest.

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