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Drought may cause farmers issues during harvest

Many farmers say this season hasn't been easy. (Source: WALB) Many farmers say this season hasn't been easy. (Source: WALB)
Farmers don't want much rain before they harvest, but this drought may mean the ground is so hard that it's tough to plow. (Source: WALB) Farmers don't want much rain before they harvest, but this drought may mean the ground is so hard that it's tough to plow. (Source: WALB)
James Webb, DBA Harvey Jordan Farms. (Source: WALB) James Webb, DBA Harvey Jordan Farms. (Source: WALB)
LEARY, GA (WALB) -

Many farmers say this season hasn't been easy.

Farmers don't want much rain before they harvest, but this drought may mean the ground is so hard that it's tough to plow. 

One farmer we talked with in Leary said he harvested his peanuts back in September-- when there was some moisture in the ground. 

He said farmers who are just harvesting now will likely run into trouble. 

He said the ground is still very hard, but because there was no rain recently, the grade of his cotton is better.

"It's a good thing for cotton. You want dry, warm days for your defoliant to work, for the cotton to go on and mature out, and the bowls open up, so you can harvest. I've probably got some of the best grades so far that I've seen on the cotton," said James Webb, DBA Harvey Jordan Farms.

Webb said farmers with irrigation can water the soil, and get their plows in with no trouble, but not everyone is that fortunate. 

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