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Tropical Storm Arthur could help farmers, crops

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Matt Todd didn't want to be in Arthur's path as it came up from Florida. But being on the very edge would have been okay. The showers associated with a tropic storm or hurricane could help his crops.

"We need some rain right now. We got some last week, but we need another inch or two this week and the same next week," he explained.

His family grows cotton, peanuts, and corn. His corn plants are reaching a critical stage as the ears develop. His cotton plants are getting larger and need the water to grow them enough to produce bails. Mike Dollar from Evans County's UGA Extension office, said South Georgia soil has a short memory when it comes to rain last week.

"It's an old but true saying around here that we're always seven days from a drought, no matter how much rain we've had," he noted.

Dollar said sandy soil drains quickly and hotter temperatures cause the moisture to evaporate.

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