ATLANTA (AP) — The continuing drought is making it difficult for Georgia farmers to plant two iconic Southern crops — peanuts and cotton.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture report this week shows roughly 77 percent of the state's cotton crop has been planted. That figure stands at nearly 80 percent for the state's peanut crop.
Most of Georgia is experiencing a drought. The driest conditions are in two pockets in the state's southwest and southeast.
Agriculture officials near Valdosta say farmers need more rain so they can plant their peanut and cotton crops. A lack of water for planting was also reported much farther north in Morgan County, about 60 miles east of Atlanta.
The report shows that the state's spring onion harvest has nearly concluded.