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Unseasonably wet July could mean great season for South GA crops

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BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) -

All the pop-up showers that have your lawn growing green and lush have helped South Georgia crops, too. 

Farmers could be on track for a long-overdue good season. Cotton fields like one we visited on Monday haven't seen a July this wet or this green for as long as anybody can remember. It's got the crop shaping up to be one of the best in years. 

County Agent Bill Tyson walks through cotton that seems to be getting taller by the day. Steady rains throughout the last month have fed the plants to put on leaf cover that shields the blooms and developing bolls. The rains also save farmers the fuel it takes to run irrigation pivots. 

Tyson says the rain has given a boost to cotton, soybeans, and peanuts as they hit the home stretch of the season. 

"Not everything will finish up at the same time, but if this weather can hold for another month or so, we could be in great shape," he said. 

Tyson says local farmers took their lumps last year with dry weather and low yields, and need a good crop this year. 

Folks temper that optimism with the knowledge that the sandy soil could dry up if the rains stop and could be in a drought in just 10 days or so. 

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