Crops withering under extreme drought in parts of Georgia

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Associated Press
July 31, 2016

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say Georgia's ongoing drought -- combined with above-average heat -- is taking a toll on some crops in the state.

Crops feeling the effects of the brutal weather include peanuts, corn and hay.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says it's "kind of a do-or-die situation right now" in parts of Georgia where the drought is most severe.

Authorities say extreme drought conditions are persisting in large parts of northwest Georgia, northeast Georgia and in metro Atlanta.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows that most of north Georgia is now experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions.

Pam Knox, a climatologist at the University of Georgia, says farmers are also having problems with hay in some parts of the state.

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