Midwest Weather Helps Wiregrass Corn Farmers

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

All that flooding in the Midwest is causing problems for corn crops.

Many farmers in Iowa are seeing their fields completely underwater.

As a result, some corn farmers in the Wiregrass could see bigger profits.

The lack of steady rain in the area is causing distress on both the farmers and the crops.

While the recent misfortune in the Midwest is hurting their corn crop, it’s helping the sale of ours here in the Wiregrass.

Headland Farmer Thomas Kirkland said, "We've seen a price increase of about 50 cents a bushel on corn, which is gonna’ help us on what we can get on our corn if we hadn't already contracted it. But it's at the misfortune of others that we're getting the price increase."

Kirkland grows field corn in Headland and says Iowa’s rainfall is allowing crops in the Wiregrass to bring in a better selling price.

In turn, that is helping farmers keep up with the growing prices in the economy.

"We need the price increase just like everyone else,” Kirkland adds. “Fuel is killin’ us and all the other expenses we have in this year’s crop is gonna’ make it the most expensive crop we've ever produced."

While farmers like Kirkland say the recent Midwest weather is helping our area corn crops, others say the Wiregrass just doesn't produce enough to make a large economic impact.

Houston County Extension Coordinator Willie Durr said, "It will help us, but we only produce a small volume. So, in terms of that, I think there will probably be a shortage of corn this year."

However, many say any extra funds are always welcome.

And, Kirkland says though the Midwest may be struggling now, he doesn't see it being too long before their crop takes off again. "Unless they have an early frost up there, they'll have probably as good of crop as they ever had up there."

Farmers say they still need a good amount of rain to have a successful season.

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