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Wet weather delays peanut harvesting

Doug Collins, Lee County UGA Extension Coordinator Doug Collins, Lee County UGA Extension Coordinator
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Our recent wet weather is delaying peanut harvesting for South Georgia farmers.

The Lee County UGA extension agent says many farmers are a couple of weeks behind.
A lot of the peanuts are still in the ground.
Some that have been dug up are sitting on top of fields that are too muddy for pickers to get into.
With crop prices already low, farmers can't afford to lose crops due to the weather.

"We need a good month without any rain and a lot of sunshine to get these peanuts out,” said Doug Collins, Lee County UGA Extension Coordinator. “It's imperative that harvesting losses are minimal this year because commodity prices are so low."    

Collins says harvesting should be in full swing by now.
He hopes harvesting will end in November, but if rain continues it could drag all the way into December.

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