Panhandle farmers face planting delays after rains

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CHUMUCKLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle farmers say recent heavy rains and flooding have kept them from planting some of their most important crops.

Chumuckla farmer Copeland Griswold says he has until the end of May to plant cotton and peanuts. However, his tractors can't traverse his saturated fields. Griswold says he's risking frost on his crops in the fall if he waits much longer.

The director of the Farm Service Agency in Santa Rosa County tells the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/1jacell ) that planting delays could be costly to Panhandle farmers. Travis Kelley says that along with frost, farmers face crop insurance stipulations that could mean losing their insurance if they don't plant their crops by specific deadlines.

Kelley also says erosion damage to farmers' fields from April's flooding is a significant problem.

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from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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