WEATHER: Just Trying to Survive'

Dawson, a dusty county seat in the rich, red clay farm land of southeast Georgia, proclaims itself the "Spanish Peanut Capital of the World." Just how long the town (pop. 5,383) can maintain that claim, however, is in doubt. This spring's rainfall was barely 6.4 in., one-third of what it was last year. The peanut plants, normally large and verdant, the size of trash-can tops with diminutive yellow flowers nestled in their leaves, are Frisbee size, no more than 12 in. wide, and wilting. As for Dawson's usually rich crop of corn,...

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