Over the summer, the heat has hurt livestock, crops, and our water supply. But in the midst of all the things harmed by the Kentucky weather, there's one thing that's actually benefited, shrimp.
The net's been cast and Charles Stuckwisch and his shrimp harvesting dog, Lady, are reeling in a handful of shrimp. The catch is a good sign for Stuckwisch's Morgantown farm, and now, he's just hoping that this initial test reflects the upcoming shrimp harvest season.
"Shrimp thrive on hot weather," explains Stuckwisch. "And I believe with the lack of rain, and the hot weather, the water's stayed more consistent."
The summer heat causes the shrimp to eat more and become less active. And that means that in this year's harvest, less shrimp make up a pound.
"Last few years, it's been twelve to fifteen," adds Stuckwisch. "This year, I think we're going to be closer to nine to ten shrimp per pound."
That's good news at retail fish market, Gone Fishin'.
"You do everything per pound," says owner Lindsey. "The larger they are, the more money you'll get out of them."
Lindsey serves up jumbo shrimp on a daily basis, even though shrimp harvesting lasts for a very short season.
"They don't like cold weather, so you have to get them all out of the ponds before the temperatures drop," says Lindsey. "You're looking at the last week of September to the first week or two of October."
And while she is serving what is currently considered to be jumbo shrimp, Kentucky is soon to see, just how big the state's freshwater crustaceans have grown.
From what I've seen, from the testing we've done, we've got some of the biggest shrimp we've ever had," concludes Stuckwisch.
Stuckwisch's pond is just one of 28 freshwater shrimp farms in the state of Kentucky that are expecting big results for the upcoming season.