The wet, humid weather is behind an explosion in the aphid population in northwest Georgia. Extension service official Keith Mickler says large numbers of small, white bugs seem to be floating around in the air. The insects are Asian wooly hackberry aphids.
Georgia has seen unusually high rainfall totals this year and that could lead to unusually high food prices later this fall. According to University of Georgia Agricultural Climatologist Pam Knox, many farmers are behind schedule because of the wet conditions.
Georgia wine growers say this year might not be their best vintage. The heavy rain Georgia has seen this summer isn't ruining this year's harvest. But it will delay grape processing and possibly dilute sugars and flavors that make the best wines.
Weeks of heavy rain that have drenched much of the Southeast have been a blessing at a wildlife refuge that straddles the Georgia-Florida state line. Officials at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say it's enjoying a swamp water level about a foot higher than average and low fire anxiety.
An upcoming dragboat racing event in Augusta has been canceled because of rising floodwaters along the Savannah River. The Augusta Southern Nationals dragboat races were canceled. The races were scheduled to be held July 19-21.