Marc Shannon stepped into the field in September. The young farmer had a “What can you do” moment. Too many weeds stood tall. Washed out areas pocked it. Plants stunted.

And no wonder. The field spent too much time under nature’s water hose this year, more time flooded than dry.

Shannon, 24, wants to farm. But his second serious year at it had record to near-record rainfall for extreme south Georgia. An average year’s worth of rain hit the area before August ended.

The 25-acre peanut field in Lowndes County, Ga., not far from the Florida line had already received upwards of 50 inches of rain by September. And in a part of the country where the word ‘drought’ rolls off the tongue easier than ‘drowned,’ well, the rain caused problems.

 

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The field’s a good hour and a half tractor ride south from Shannon’s family farm home base in Tift County, but it was the closest field he could find to rent this year, or he could find to call his own.

The day Shannon stepped into the field that September morning, he and his father, Wes, hosted a stop on the 2013 Georgia Peanut Tour. They told the crowd like it was: Too much rain kept the tractors out of the field just way too much. Things didn’t turn out like they’d hoped for it.

“There’d be times we’d come down in an afternoon to see if we could run the next day with fungicide or herbicide and we’d roll out the next morning and get here to find it had rained two or three inches overnight and there would be water standing in it,” Marc said. “And there just isn’t anything you can do about that.”