Farmers feeling impact of rising fuel prices

EVANS COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - The impact of rising fuel prices reaches well beyond our cars and highways. Farmers say they are feeling the punch in a big way. Cotton farmer Del Beasley says the monthly bills for diesel fuel are rising compared to one month ago, and one year ago. He says it hits farmers everytime they crank the tractor and beyond.

"It ties everything we do. Our nitrogen price, we get fuel delivery charges on everything we get and we need fuel to ship our stuff out. We're hit in any direction. Everything we do takes energy," said Evans County Farmer Del Beasley.

Beasley says they switched to a strip tilling method years ago to reduce tractor use and save soil erosion. He says the fuel cost will cut into an already slim profit margin.

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