STORM SEASON COULD WRECK GOOD CROP YEAR
Most Alabama farmers breathed a sigh of relief as Hurricane Frances failed to produce the wide-spread damage most of them had feared. But with Hurricane Ivan brewing in the Gulf, farmers seem to be working harder than ever to get their crops in. And national weather forecasters say several other storms are likely this fall.
Alabama Peanut Producers Executive Director Randy Griggs said harvest of the state's 194,000 acres of peanuts should be in full swing next week. What most peanut farmers need now is several days of warm, dry weather, he said.
Buddy Adamson, the Alabama Farmers Federation's director for the Cotton Division and Wheat and Feed Grains Division, said cotton and corn farmers need the same weather conditions.
Hurricane Frances did cause some minimal damage to cotton in east Alabama, Adamson said, adding that harvest should begin sometime next week for most of the state. The state's corn crop, which some have predicted is the best in years, is about 98 percent matured and farmers are working hard to harvest it as well, Adamson said.