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Updated: 7/31/2013 5:24 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Don Self likes what he sees. His peanut crop is coming along nicely after higher than normal rainfall.

"We've got some wet places on the first day of August tomorrow probably we've never had this time of year. We've had more timely rain than we've had in a while," Self said.

He feels lucky. Self is a member of the National Peanut Board. He has friends in trouble.

"I've got some buddies on the National Peanut Board with me like Michael Davis from Florida that had 23 and a half inches of rain in 21 days. He's got peanuts and cotton and he has not been back in since he planted," Self added.

Most farmers in northeast Mississippi have dealt with rain. Spring rains delayed planting.

Some counties have had significantly more rainfall than others.

It was the weekend of July fourth that Noxubee County had nine inches of rainfall in just two days.

MSU Extension Agent Dennis Reginelli says some sections of cotton and soybeans were practically under water in some fields. Those plants are obvious when compared to those that were above water. They appear healthier.

"That was a lot of flooding to the cotton and soybeans in that particular area and that's more than we need in two months and it all happened in two days," Reginelli said.

There are some issues that resulted from so much rain, but Reginelli predicts good things on the horizon for the farmers he assists.

"We have a beautiful crop going at this point. Soybeans are probably one of the best we've had in years and the corn-even with the wet spring-the corn is looking really good. It kind of made up for that late planting," Reginelli added.

Farmers remain hopeful for timely rainfall as they head in to the traditionally dry months of August and September.
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