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Farmers work to salvage crops

Heavy rains this year are causing concern for farmers in the Wiregrass. Crops are being planted later than expected. And now, with empty crops and thousands of dollars at stake, they're working to salvage what's left.
Dale and Henry County District Conservationist Adam Sconyers says farmers can apply for financial assistance through his and other local offices to aid in planting crops.
Dale and Henry County District Conservationist Adam Sconyers says farmers can apply for financial assistance through his and other local offices to aid in planting crops.
Peanut farmers are working to plant crops by May 31 to avoid losing insurance.
Peanut farmers are working to plant crops by May 31 to avoid losing insurance.
"This part here will never be planted this year, because it's going to be so wet and it will be too late, and we're experiencing this in all of our fields we're going to planting," said Wayne Woodham, a farmer in Dale County.

A region known for its peanut crops struggles to recover.

Last year, more than 100 inches of rain drenched the Wiregrass. And, in Dale County has received 33 inches so far this year.

"We just have to work around the elements we're given you know, and whatever we get, we have to arrange our work schedules around it.  But we only have so many days to get this completed,” Woodham said.

And those days are numbered, as peanut farmers could lose their insurance for crops not planted by May 31, June 5 for cotton farmers.

"We don't usually get the old rainfalls in the past, where we get 1/10.  It seems like, when we do get one, it's one to three inches,” said Adam Sconyers, Dale and Henry County District Conservationist.

With the heavy saturation and erosion, farmers are planting crops later than planned, a delay that could hurt their yields down the road.

"I don't know if everybody planted the amount of acres of corn that they wanted to plant, because we had a wet spring from the first of March to the end of April,” Sconyers said.  “But right now, everybody's trying to plant their peanuts, and in the midst, trying to finish planting their cotton as well."


Several counties, including Dale and Geneva, qualified for FEMA assistance due to the recent storms.  And in spite of the outlook, farmers say they're hoping for the best, looking for dryer days ahead.

They can also apply for financial assistance through their local natural resource conservation offices.

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