"The corn pays our bills. Without corn, we wouldn't be able to farm." -Tom Tucker of Tucker Farms
"We're in full swing. Drying corn, harvesting corn and hauling it off." said farmer Tom Tucker.
Farmers may be busy this time of year, but you won't hear any of them complain. That's because the summer rains that made their fields green this year are paid off.
"The corn pays our bills. Without corn, we wouldn't be able to farm." added a pleased Tucker.
September is the month where a lot of harvest work gets done. Farmers said they're finding their crop may be the best they've had in a decade. Most farmers in south central Kentucky actually grow what is called "field corn". Farmers like to let the stalk and the kernels get nice and dry before they harvest it. It may not sound appetizing but the corn is not for human consumption. Well, at least not off the cob.
"The chicken you get at the grocery, this corn has fed those chickens. This corn goes into your liquor that you buy at the liquor store. So there's a wide variety of uses for this corn." explained Tucker.
Farmers said they're bringing in anywhere from 160 to 300 bushels per acre; which in some instances is three times the normal yield. With all that corn, you'd expect the prices to go down where's its being used but farmers said locally that's not the case.
"You have to get up in the corn belt before it makes a difference. We can be short here and they've got a big corn crop in Iowa and Illinois it really doesn't make any difference. I think they've had a good crop there, so hopefully feed prices are supposed to come down for us." said farmer Carl Chaney.
Farmers know they are at the mercy of mother nature year after year, and it looks like this year she's decided to reward their patience.