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Too much rain for farmers?

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BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) -

What a difference a few weeks makes. Farmers started May in a dust bowl, trying to get crops in the ground. Now, days of downpours have some still delayed - but for a different reason. 

With nearly a foot of rain in just over two weeks, farmers have gone from drought to drowning in what seems like the blink of an eye. 

David Crumley checks on peanut plants swimming in water after 16 days of rain. He still needs to plant more than 1,000 acres of cotton. 

"We've tried to plant where we can," Crumley said. "If there's a sandy field that drains faster, we've gone in there when we can," Crumley said. 

In some later planted fields, seeds may have washed away by erosion of 11 inches of rain in 16 days. The window closes day by day for farmers to get the rest of the crop in the ground. 

"I don't want to say we're getting into a dire situation at this point, but in the next couple of weeks, we're gonna be there," said Bill Tyson, UGA Extension Agent. 

David says they're already looking at different cotton seed varieties that could grow faster to get the crop back on schedule. 

"It's hard to get your mind around having to get it planted by a certain date in order to get it out before frost, but it's something you have to think about."

Elsewhere, crops planted earlier in the season have grown ahead of schedule. 

The flip side of all this rain: early corn. It's taking in this rain like an all you can eat buffet. They only worry is these plants get spoiled and they get used to so much moisture in the topsoil. They may not fare well if the skies dry up just like they were not very long ago. 

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