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Southern crops just might get the Hair-of-the-Dog syndrome.

Southern farming is just plain risky. I’d say about as risky as any farming between the Earth’s poles.

About this time most summers, we talk about the haves and have-nots, meaning some folks get the famous and usually much craved afternoon showers our humidity can thunderhead up. But this year, everybody’s got a good taste of the rain. Some’s gotten more than their fill for now, dealing with the hangover of too much, staring the bartender in the face and saying “No mas!”

Funny thing is some of our Southern crops just might get the Hair-of-the-Dog syndrome. (And for those not familiar with that, well, the nice way to explain: The liquid that got you in trouble last night and setting your head pounding in the morning is the easy way to relief the next morning – if you can stomach it.

It’s happening now. On my way to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, I saw plenty of washed out fields in south Georgia and north Florida. Saw plenty of good ones too. Saw fields washed out with standing water in the middles and good early planted cotton doing just fine across the road.

But if and when the sun starts beating down the next day and the next and the next, well, situations change. The coin flips. But the odds are the same.

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