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Georgia farmers plant 18% more peanuts than 2016

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Long-time peanut expert Tyron Spearman (Source: WALB) Long-time peanut expert Tyron Spearman (Source: WALB)
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A long-time peanut expert said this year's South Georgia crop is progressing well, and it could have a very positive impact on the economy.

Tyron Spearman explained many growers planted early because of the recent rain. 

In fact, this week the USDA reported that the cost for irrigation will be less expensive.

Some of the crops were also planted later which means there will be mixed harvest in the fall.

"This year the rains and the cool temperatures has got this crop moving and if we can just keep it moving and not get into this heat stress for a long time we're going to have a good peanut crop this year," said Spearman.

USDA predicted Georgia peanut growers have planted nearly 850,000 acres, an 18 percent increase from last year. 

But that number may change when farmers report the final numbers on July 15th. 

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