2018-06-13 / Front Page

Eyes on the skies!

With cloudy skies, rain and thunderstorms in the forecast over the next 10 days, farmers’ eyes are on the skies.

With tropical storm Alberto having already blown through the area dumping widespread heavy rains as the June 1 planting deadline approached, farmers have since been dodging scattered thunder storms and showers.

The name “Alberto” itself grabbed everyone’s attention whose memories date back to July 1994 when another Alberto stalled over South Georgia dumping record rainfall and triggering devastating floods.

UGA’s Clint Thompson stated earlier this month that the rains had stunted Georgia’s peanut crop and left the cotton crop in flux.

Thompson, a news editor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, also noted two consecutive weeks of rainfall in Georgia had also created ideal conditions for diseases in the fields, leaving farmers scrambling to decide what to do next.

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