Drought threatens South GA farmers as planting begins
Drought could cause big issues for crops this year if the weather does not give farmers a break soon.
"It’s been hot and dry," UGA specialist Wes Porter said.
"We thought we recovered.
A warmer than normal winter, coupled with a recent spike in temperatures and lack of rain has growers irrigating as planting begins.
Farmers were hoping to recoup moisture after a long drought last season.
"If they don’t, if they are on irrigated fields, you’re going to see a lot of pre-watered crops and, if its on dry land you’re going to see them wait to catch that moisture from the environment," Porter said.
You can either overwater a crop or underwater a crop," Porter said.
"So, the timing of those events and utilizing one of those scheduling methods is very crucial.
We can see very significant yield losses."
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