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Cotton farmers & weather: "Not out of the woods yet"

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Dry weather is needed in order for farmers to harvest their cotton. Dry weather is needed in order for farmers to harvest their cotton.
CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) -

Jimmy and Neil Rogers have farmed cotton off and on since the 1960's.

The brothers normally hope for the rain of a hurricane or tropical storm in late summer, but this year they've seen more rain than normal and that period of the season is over anyway.

They defoliated their cotton two weeks ago to get ready for harvest. After some worry last week over Tropical Storm Karen, they'll only get a slight shower from her.

"We were concerned," said Jimmy. "Any time you see a storm developing in front of harvest, you get concerned."

Even though Karen won't send any severe weather, the brothers aren't breathing sighs of relief just yet. They need several weeks of dry weather to pick 1,500 acres of cotton. 

"A shower here or there won't really hurt us," explained UGA extension agent Mike Dollar. "But a prolonged period of rain or a severe storm with wind could still hurt."

Even the smallest showers still halt harvest for one to two days until the cotton is dry. Also, each rain can change the color and grade of cotton and cost farmers per pound and make a big difference per ton.

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