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Plenty of rain sets GA up for potential record setting peanut season

Peanuts growing (Source: WALB) Peanuts growing (Source: WALB)
Don Koehler, Executive Director, GA Peanut Commission (Source: WALB) Don Koehler, Executive Director, GA Peanut Commission (Source: WALB)
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

Peanut farmers in Tift County are hoping for a record setting harvest this year. 

Executive Director of the Georgia Peanut Commission Don Koehler said the farmers only have to use irrigation as a supplement on occasion because their farms have gotten about an inch and a half of rain per week. 

Koehler said this amount of rain is slightly higher than the state average.

As a result, there's better vine growth leading to bloom and podset. 

If there's no storm, this season could produce 5,000 pounds of peanuts, which is a state record. 

"I don't know if there's ever a perfect year but we've had real close to it," said Koehler. "There have been a few dry streaks through but as a rule, most of the farmers have been back to only having to use irrigation as supplemental on occasion. The crops both irrigated and dry land look really good."

Peanut growers will begin digging their protein-packed snack in late August since many farmers planted in May.

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