Science & Health
Sun August 31, 2014
Ala. Cotton, Peanut Farmers Hoping for Rain
Cotton and peanut farmers in Alabama's Wiregrass region are hoping for rain to boost their yields.
Agronomist Brandon Dillard told The Dothan Eagle that farmers have already lost some of their crop to dry conditions. He said more losses are possible unless there is more rain.
Federal meteorologists have classified the Wiregrass as "abnormally dry." Part of Henry County is considered in a moderate drought.
The dry summer stands in contrast to the past few wet years. By comparison, none of Alabama was considered abnormally dry or in drought last year.
A survey by the National Agriculture Statistical Service indicates 51 percent of cotton growers in Alabama said their crops are still in good condition. Only 36 percent of peanut growers identified their crops as in good condition.
Alabama Farmers-2012 Crops
Alabama Cotton Crop