Farmers in Middle Georgia and across the state turned to the power of prayer on Thursday. They prayed for rain to help the State's billion dollar agriculture business.
According to Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, 1 in 8 people in the state work in an agriculture related field.
Pecan farmer Scott Craft says the dry soil has prevented him from harvesting. "It's extremely dry. The water is not going very far. All we're doing is surviving," says Craft.
On Thursday, close to 100 people attended the prayer service, which was led by Black.
Farmers who came to the service say they are hoping for rain to turn around a difficult season.
"We went all winter with out the rain we normally get so it was already dry going into spring. It's so dry now farmers are not able to get their crops up," says cotton farmer James Malone.
Janice Craft adds,"We're just in a gridlock from the heat, and we're just believing everyday that it'll rain. We see the clouds... we don't see the rain yet, but we're going to keep believing in it."
Robert Dickey, State Representative for District 136 and owner of Dickey Farms, says if conditions don't improve this will be one of the worst droughts in Georgia's history.
Black says Thursday's prayer service was a sense of community. "Agriculture is a family, so it's good to come together and share one an others burdens," says Black.
More than 10 different counties in Georgia including Baldwin, Jones, Monroe, and Washington are 70% behind on their average rainfall for the year. According to Georgia Farm Bureau President, Zippy Duvall, this is the first time in 4 years farmers have gathered for a rain prayer service.