North Carolina corn growers expect to cash in on one of their best yields in years as their counterparts in other parts of the country watch their crop wither due to heat and drought.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that farmer William Gillis says he has the best crop he's grown in several years, and with high prices, he expects a good year. The frenzy on the commodities market has set a record high price for corn per bushel at $8.50.
However, Gillis warns that he's just one hurricane away from no crop at all. He describes the farming industry as volatile because it depends on the even more fickle weather.
This year, North Carolina has had steady rainfall throughout the corn season, which stretches from March to September.