MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The last three summers on record have dealt Alabama farmers a tough blow. From droughts to flooding, they've experienced it all. This year, many say there's a glimmer of hope.
For Alabama farmers, the sound of a harvester engine is the sound of a long summer coming to an end. As the combines return to the fields to trim the corn crop, many farmers are breathing a sigh of relief.
"This is average, we are pleased to have it," said Shep Morris as he looks at an ear of corn.
Farmer Shep Morris says it's nothing fancy, but excessive heat, and at times, excessive rain made almost every farmer wonder if there would be anything worth cutting.
"Heat has taken a toil on the crops," stated Morris.
The high heat hasn't only been a source of concern for Morris. Poultry farmers, Alabama's largest agricultural industry, have been suffering as well.
Alabama grows about three hundred thousand acres of corn each year. At the end of the day, it takes about 4 million acres of corn to feed Alabama's poultry.
"It takes about 4 million acres of Midwestern corn to feed our chickens. Need all the corn we can grow," added Morris.
Now, the corn that survived the excruciating temperatures will be shipped to a Montgomery processing plant and converted into food for chickens. Chicken that could eventually end up on your dinner table.
"People keep eating, that's the saving grace," laughed Morris.
Corn, a staple crop that keeps Alabama's agriculture industry running smoothly.