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Severe drought takes a toll on farmers

Don Koehler Don Koehler
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

The recent hot and dry weather continues to take its toll for south Georgia farmers.

"It's going to be a hard year for farmers this year," said Don Koehler

The drought continues to escalate and it will have a major impact on this years production.

"Right now in Georgia all the peanut crop is stressed,"said Executive Director of Georgia Peanut Commission Don Koehler.

This drought will make farmers have to work a little harder in years to come because they will have to make up for their loss.

"He not only has to pay for that crop but he also has to pay for this years crop what he didn't make up in the production," said Koehler.

The price of peanuts could be on the rise.

"Certainly looks like we are going to see strengthening in price right now because we just aren't going to have the peanuts," said Koehler.

Koehler spoke with a farmer recently and he understands he cannot control the weather and is going to make the best of what he has.

"It was a poor me kind of attitude it was just a fact of life," said Koehler.

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