SASSER, GA (WALB) - After 64 days of no rain in southwest Georgia, we finally got some relief Wednesday, which was a welcome change for South Georgia farmers.
"It has just been a dust bowl, like everyone knows," said owner Mark Daniel.
Thankfully Mark's Melon Patch doesn't look like a dust bowl now, after 1.2" of rain fell on his fields this week.
The precipitation was vital because the lack of rain was beginning to prevent him from doing some aspects of his job.
"There were a lot of things that you couldn't do like land preparation, land tillage the crops weren't growing, you had to water them all the time so this is awesome," said Daniel.
Despite the setbacks, Mark kept his operation moving forward by planting strawberries and harvesting tomatoes, green peanuts and sugar cane.
For the strawberries, this week's water will last even longer than most months.
"When you have something growing when it's cooler like this an inch of rain will last a week or so sometimes, whereas in the summer an inch or rain will last about three days. So it will last about twice as long," said Daniel.
Even though this week's rain was a welcome sign, there is still a long way to go to before next growing season.
"We need a lot rain between now and next spring for the summer requirements for water," said Daniel.
Daniel said this week's rain saved hundreds of dollars on irrigation costs.