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Weather could impact South Georgia peanut farmers

Possible rain chances could delay peanut farmers early this week. Possible rain chances could delay peanut farmers early this week.
Fans are hard at work at Doles Peanut Company drying early loads of peanuts already coming in. Fans are hard at work at Doles Peanut Company drying early loads of peanuts already coming in.
Georgia farmers planted an estimated 800,000 acres of peanuts. Georgia farmers planted an estimated 800,000 acres of peanuts.
Lumpkin says the nuts are looking good so far this year and weather has been on the farmer's side so far. Lumpkin says the nuts are looking good so far this year and weather has been on the farmer's side so far.
Ed Lumpkin with Doles Peanut Company Ed Lumpkin with Doles Peanut Company
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

Rain anticipated to move in over much of South Georgia could impact farmers who were planning on picking peanuts in the fields over the next couple of days, but at least one buying point is already busy.

Fans are hard at work at Doles Peanut Company drying early loads of peanuts already coming in.

"We got our first loads in August the 31st and we've been pretty busy since then," said Ed Lumpkin with Doles Peanut Company.

Lumpkin says the nuts are looking good so far this year and weather has been on the farmer's side so far.

"The yields are probably not as good as they have been in the past but they're still 2.5 tons, basically so far," said Lumpkin. 

That could change soon as rain is in the forecast over much of the area early in the week.

Sunshine is extremely important when it comes to harvesting peanuts.

"As you can see today, it's not shining so it might have a little day or 2 off here if this rain comes in," said Lumpkin. 

Another concern for farmers is the huge supply this year. Georgia farmers planted an estimated 800,000 acres of peanuts.

The price has been driven well below what farmers are hoping for in order to make a profit. Now, farmers are just hoping for $400 a ton. 

"It's just too many peanuts and the price isn't very good so we'll just hope for the best," said Lumpkin. 

For Lumpkin and others at buying points across the nation, their year is just getting started though.

"We'll probably be busy for 60 days now," said Lumpkin. 

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