HAWKINSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Peanut farmer Rodney Dawson says there's a lot of different ways to eat peanuts.
"A lot of people like to boil peanuts," says Dawson.
He also says you can't boil what you don't have. Last year his crop was virtually non-existent thanks to a lack of rain.
"The dry land peanuts weren't harvested there were not a thing on them... this year I planted only 22 acres of dry land," says Dawson.
Dawson owns 18 farms in middle Georgia. The one he took 41NBC to in Hawkinsville is more than 100 acres. Now, a majority of the crop there is taken care of by an irrigation system.
"Here in Middle Georgia we've really suffered. We have in this county... this makes six years in a row we've been hit with dry weather," says Dawson.
Middle Georgia has been under an exceptional drought warning all summer but Dawson says this year the crop is looking a lot more promising and maybe even record-breaking because he's relying a little less on mother nature, and a little more on technology.
"Putting that moisture out, keeping that ground cool, that peanut will peg down to the ground and mature out," says Dawson.
If mother nature can dump a little more water in middle Georgia Dawson is confident that after six long years, his dry-spell will finally be lifted.
"I am real optimistic we gonna have a good yields."
Dawson says his peanuts will likely be ready for harvest within the next seven to ten days.