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Peanuts: A Bright Spot in a Blighted Year

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UNDATED — North Carolina farmers have had it roughthis year, but thereisfinally some good news from down on thefarm if, that is, this spell of good weather holds out just a littlelonger.

The hardy crop is peanuts, and Gary Roberts (pictured below, right) iswasting no time inhauling in his 78 acre crop. The goobers, he says, are bright, big and ablessing.

Roberts says it's been a great peanut harvest so far. He points outdry, brittle vines as a good indicator. Not all of his fields look sogood, however.

The last thing most farmers want to see after August and September ismore rain, so they are keeping a wary eye on the sky

With the pressure on, Roberts says he is lucky to be getting somemuch-needed help from a friend. Clinton Butler (pictured below) says he's glad to help out.

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Roberts has managed to get 24,000 pounds of peanuts harvested and, withmother nature's cooperation, should get at least that much more.

Then, he has to figure out how to salvage more than 30 acres of cornthat was blown down by Hurricane Fran.

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