With summer coming to a close, Wiregrass peanut farmers are busy preparing for harvest after a week and a half of little rainfall.
Rome Ethredge of the UGA Seminole County, Georgia extension office says it’s been a “pretty good year” so far, but not as good as 2014. The current yield has taken a beating from the surplus of rain in the spring coupled with high heat over the summer.
85 percent of Seminole County’s farmland is irrigated, making it one of the highest irrigated counties in the Southeast. But the other 15 percent of dry land, still benefits from intermittent rainfall.
“We have some dry land fields that aren’t going to do as well because we have so much dryness and heat.”