Farmers say crops in danger as drought advances in SC


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina officials say a growing drought is threatening to devastate farmers and they worry dry conditions will spread.

A special committee that reviews drought voted Wednesday to place 31 of South Carolina’s 46 counties into a moderate drought – the second in four worsening stages.

The vote came after the Drought Response Committee had a long discussion on whether to advance some counties to severe drought based on crop damage.

Chris Toole says it has barely rained in two months at his farm in Orangeburg County and he expects to lose half his corn, cotton and peanuts.

Officials say water levels in streams and reservoirs are still OK.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says parts of Georgia, south of Atlanta, and Alabama, just south of Birmingham, are having drought problems.

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