Wiregrass Farmers Discuss Summer Crops Following Tropical Storm Colin

Headland, AL (WTVY) Just in the knick of time, that's what Curry Parker is saying about Tropical Storm Colin.

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"This last weekends rain was wonderful," said Parker.

But he isn't the only one.

Chris Balkom with the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland says... "everyone is looking for rain this time of year."

The center has over 600 acres of crop varying from aquaculture to agronomic. After a particularly dry couple of months...the local farmers are now celebrating.

"The last three springs have been really wet early.. So it put us a late getting planted. We started off a little wet this year, but during the month of may… which is historically the second driest month of the year… we didn't receive a lot of rain," said Balkcom.

Currently in the early stages of crop development, it is now prime time for the cotton and peanut crops to receive rain.

"We're just getting in that crucial time to get rainfall.. I would say we are in good shape," said Balkcom.

And it's not just the peanuts and cotton benefiting from this much needed rain, it's also the corn.

"March 5th or 6th I started planting corn…it's maturing now… most of all the earlier planted corn is going to be a good crop this season," said Parker, Owner of Parker Farms in Headland.

Off to a good start, but the local farmers are hoping the next few months will be just as good.

"We need water while peanuts are growing.. We need rain while corn is growing. It uses a tremendous amount of water and cotton….if we could get an inch in a half to an inch in 3 quarters every seven days… then that's a perfect season," said Parker.

Cotton and peanuts are planted at the end of April and harvested from September through November.

Corn is usually planted from late February to April. Harvesting begins in July and lasts throughout the month of August.