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Wet Weather Affects Local Peanut Crop

This summer goes down as one of the wettest in years and the rain has taken a toll on local farmers. Cotton has already taken a hit, and it now appears the peanut crop is in trouble too.
This summer goes down as one of the wettest in years and the rain has taken a toll on local farmers. Cotton has already taken a hit, and it now appears the peanut crop is in trouble too. With only two weeks before local peanut harvest  Kris Balkcom with the Wiregrass Extension Center in Headland said the outlook isn’t looking good. He said last year the Wiregrass farmers battled drought conditions for months and this time around its too much rain that's causing trouble.


Just recently, too much rain at one time flooded out some low lying fields.  Crops not in the flooded areas also struggled because of not enough direct sunlight. The weather conditions have put the crop a month behind schedule. "Peanuts are real deep rooted crop and they struggled back early when we were getting all that rain the first of July because we had a lot of later peanuts and they were not established as well and didn't have a deep enough root system," explained Balkcom.

Like cotton, peanut yields are way down. Last year nearly 220,000 acres of peanuts were planted. That number has dropped to 138,000 acres.

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