It's nearly harvest time for many corn producers in Eastern Carolina, and those we spoke to say it's not going to be pretty.
Beaufort county based Burbage farms says it's expecting half to 80% of it's crop to be damaged from the excessive drought. They expect to harvest 50,000 bushels- down substantially from a normal crop yield of 180,000. Farm president David Burbage Jr. says an inch of rain a week is what he'd like when growing corn, but he didn't see significant rain fall until it was too late.
"The corn is just beyond health. The corn plant is shutting down. The kernel's made what it's going to make, and it's in the drying down stage and rain just doesn't effect what happens to the corn plant from here on out," said Burbage.
Statewide corn to grain production so far this year is down 10,000 acres from last year. Burbage says the big hit this time could result in higher prices at grocers.