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Forecast of Sally's heavy rains concern farmers

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Harvest season just started across the Wiregrass, and now farmers are bracing for Hurricane Sally and possible torrential rainfall across the area through Wednesday evening.

Hurricane Sally is expected to bring torrential rain to the Wiregrass area which may affect this year's harvest.

Harvest season just started across the Wiregrass, and now farmers are bracing for Hurricane Sally and possible torrential rainfall across the area through Wednesday evening. A few weeks ago farmers had high hopes for a great 2020 harvest season.

On Tuesday, Henry/Houston County Extension Agent Jimmy Jones said he is hopeful that area farmers will miss a bullet with Sally, unlike Hurricane Michael which brought devastation to both the agriculture and timber industries two years ago. “Sally is different from Hurricane Michael,” Jones said.

Before Hurricane Michael hit, cotton blooms were in every cotton field you passed.

After Hurricane Michael either the blooms were on the ground or they were elsewhere.

Farmers suffered roughly $100 million cotton loss with the devastation from Hurricane Michael. ”Jones believes the peanut crop will also survive Sally as long as Mother Nature is on the farmers’ side. “When I say harvest season just began for peanut farmers, it literary just started, and some peanuts are lying above ground,” Jones said.

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