By BRUCE SMITH
BOWMAN, S.C. (AP) - While the warm, dry spring and winter has been good for tourism in South Carolina, it's not been so good for farmers who are looking for rain as the height of the planting season nears.
All of South Carolina is in a drought, and it's a severe drought in the northwestern corner of the state.
Farmers say they could use 1 or 2 inches of rain each week in the next couple of weeks. But the next chance for rain isn't until Wednesday, and it's only a small chance at that.
Grower Landy Weathers in Bowman says it's not only rain that farmers are concerned about. The warm, dry weather will mean more insects and weeds this season because there wasn't enough cold weather to kill them off last winter.
U.S. Climate Prediction Center: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html
South Carolina Climatology Office: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/