Dry season for peanut farmers

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Peanut planting started in April.

Jackson County farmer Sonny Davis says it's been a good but dry season so far.

"We've been at least three weeks without rain," Davis said.

The fields are dusty, making it difficult for the peanut seeds to grow.

"We failed to get the rains during April, so we're very short of moisture right now--to the point that we've almost stopped planting," Davis said.

Davis said they plant peanuts fairly deep in the soil.

"We can get those up usually if we've got some moisture down deeper," Davis said.

Right now farmers are relying on the rain they got almost a month ago.

"We got four-tenths of an inch of rain that day... only place it rained," Davis said.

Davis said he's hopeful for the rest of the season.

"If we get some rain and get it up and going, we're hoping to have a good crop this year."

Harvest will start at the beginning of October.