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Farmers Suffer Through the Drought

By: Angelica Alvarez
By: Angelica Alvarez

Parts of Georgia haven't seen rain for quite some time, putting stress on farmers as they lose their crops.

Blake Stanaland is a farmer in Grady County raising corn, peanuts, and cattle. He says the lack of rain has really put a strain on his business.

Pesticides also need a certain amount of moisture to work so insects have become a growing problem. Stanaland's farms are strictly dry land farms so they rely solely on rain to keep them going.

Farmers say with all the heat, their crops look like they've been burned.

Cattle farmers say feeding the herd is also a problem when it comes to harvesting hay.

Right now farmers say the corn has grown all it will this season, and they're just trying to save what they can, collecting only 35 bushels as opposed to the 100 needed to meet production costs.


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