MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- What a difference a wet and cooler than normal summer has made for Alabama corn farmers.
Several years ago agriculture officials and farmers were saying it was getting increasingly difficult to grow corn in Alabama because of a persistent drought and hot summers.
Farmers are now finishing up harvesting what they are predicting will be a record corn crop. Farmers say this year's bountiful crop is because of favorable weather for growing corn. Department of Agriculture statistics show that 330,000 acres of corn were planted and farmers say much of that is turning out well.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts this year Alabama corn farmers will produce at least 145 bushels per acre. That figure is compared to the previous record of 123 bushels per acre in 2004.