More than adequate summer rainfall has Alabama corn growers looking forward to a good harvest.
Dan Rhyne, a Lowndes County farmer, says his corn crop is one of the best he’s seen.
“It takes a combination of rain and sun to have plants as large as we do this year,” Rhyne said. “I am thankful for the rain and hoping for good drying conditions so we can harvest in early September.
“So far, I think 90 percent of my crop is made. I am looking forward to seeing the actual yield at harvest.”
One year ago, nearly 92 percent of the state was experiencing drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
This year, some areas of the state have already had more than 45 inches of rain, up 16 inches from last year, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates Alabama is currently drought-free. However, the Southwest and Great Plains states continue struggling with exceptional and extreme drought.
Alabama Farmers Federation Wheat and Feed Grains Division Director, Buddy Adamson, said rain has been a welcome sight in the state this year.
“The corn stand is excellent in most areas of the state,” Adamson said.
“I am pleased with the prospects. Farmers are looking forward to harvest time because their crops look so good. We need the ground to dry, but the corn crop as a whole looks promising.”
According to the University of Florida, corn needs .25 inches of rain per day, 100-110 days after planting.
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