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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 4:40am

Report: Drought Lessening In Georgia

New data shows that the heavy rain we’ve been experiencing is lessening drought effects in North Georgia. That means it’s raining bigger profits for farmers.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought conditions have improved in North Georgia, from Pickens County in the west to Hart County in the East. Those counties are now considered “abnormally dry”—a step up from “moderate drought.”

Heavy rains have boosted crops in these regions where the economy depends on agriculture. Farming in Hart County, for example, brings in 13 million dollars a year. Larry Haley with the Hart County Farm Bureau says farmers are expecting a boost in profit this season because corn crops did so well:

“Corn this time we got rainfall at just the right time and we’ve got some irrigated corn and that’s a good sign of a good year. We got enough rain to finish up the soybeans and enough rain to start back planting, so we’re going to be in pretty good shape.”

The National Weather Service predicts there will be a higher percentage of rain over the next few months than is typical for this season.