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Georgia farmers wait to see drought's effect on dry-land peanuts

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

Georgia peanut farmers will have to wait a little longer to see the effects of the drought on this year's dry-land crop.

Many farmers started digging up peanuts in the last couple weeks. The number of acres planted this year is up 30 percent from last year. The inconsistent weather has some folks in the industry worried about the yield.

"We had two months of good rain, then we had two months with no rain and high temperatures, and that really hurt out dry land production. So how bad, we don't know yet, but we are getting into the fields now to start harvesting," said Executive Director of the National Peanut Buying Point Association Tyron Spearman.

Experts estimate Georgia farmers will harvest about 4000 pounds of peanuts per acre planted.

 

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