May 18, 1998 transcript #: 234-1
Subject(s): rain, farming, spring
Title: ACRES OF PRAYERS, PART II
"Greetings from Cochran, GA."
Weather Notebook commentator David Clark.
"Cochran is located in Bleckley County, Georgia, which is about 40 miles southeast of the center of the state. The county's population is a little over 10,000. There are about 200 farmers in this county. These men and women watch the sky and tend the earth. The rest of the county watches with them. I am writing this piece in early April. It's raining at dawn for the second day in a row after a couple of weeks of dry weather. This timing is almost perfect after one of the wettest six months on record. The world comes to life in what everyone hopes to be a good season for cotton, peanuts, soybeans, and corn. The prayers in April are for a good stand by the end of May. Last spring's persistent cool, wet weather are still on the minds of those who have prepared their ground so far. 'Well, remember - last year, April and May were wet and cool for way too long. It put us behind the whole year. And when those fall rains started and wouldn't stop, a whole lot of us just couldn't harvest. And when a man can't harvest what he's grown, he's got a big problem.' As you hear this broadcast in May, my neighbors are walking their fields, checking for acres of answered prayers."
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