A new government report says Georgia's agricultural industry could take a major hit from what some claim is a climate change.
The report predicts increased drought in southern Georgia and could cause severe water shortages in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.
Valdosta State University Associate Professor in the Environmental Geosciences program, Dr.Jason Allard says if this prediction is correct, then it's a major concern.
"Increased heat stress and decrease in available water supply could reduce the agriculture yield, it depends on the crop. There is concern that there could be competing increased water demand, agricultural municipal industrial and water availability which could increase the conflicts in that water basin," said Dr. Allard.
Experts also say yields of major south Georgia crops such as peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans would be impacted.