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Tropical Storm Karen forces Alabama peanut farmers to harvest quickly

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Peanut farmers in south Alabama and in the Wiregrass region are working quickly to save their crops before Tropical Storm Karen makes landfall.

According to the Alabama Farmers Federation, some farmers are working overtime to harvest their peanut crops.

Baldwin County farmer Mark Kaiser, 46, said he is hustling to get his peanuts dug before soaked soil bogs down his harvest plans.

"If our peanuts are ready, we're digging them," he said Thursday afternoon. "We started today, and we're going to dig up as many of them as we can before the rain gets here."

Kaiser said it's better to have wet peanuts on top of the ground rather than bogged-down peanuts that can't be harvested.

He said heavy rain won't affect his soybeans, which are two weeks away from harvest, but high winds could wreak havoc on the crop.

Tropical Storm Karen reached sustained maximum winds of 65 miles an hour Thursday morning and is expected to make landfall near the Florida panhandle Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Coastal areas from Biloxi, Miss., to Pensacola, Fla., including Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama, are under a hurricane watch until further notice.

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