It's corn harvest time in the Tennessee Valley
The lack of rainfall this summer has parched our yards, but the owner here, Paul Thomas tells us, the dry weather has been great for corn harvesting.
The seeds are planted in May, and in 100 days, the corn is ready for harvesting. The process is quick. Thomas Cattle Farms has 90 to 100 acres of corn, and in less than a week, harvesting is done.
"When it gets wet down here, it gets wet. Really wet. When you get some dry weather, you might as well go get it out," states Thomas.
Here's how the process works.
A "corn chopper" that looks like a massive lawnmower, cuts 6-7 feet stalks, down to 14-18 inches above the ground. Then, it's sent in a tube to be chopped up. Once it's chopped, it can be separated.
"Cut it when the grain starts getting hard on it, that's we are going to chop it," says Thomas.
Even with a moderate drought ongoing, he says it's nothing compared to 2016.
"Bad drought in 16. It probably cut our corn about 1/3," adds Thomas.
So far, Paul Thomas has averaged 200 bushels of ears of corn per acre. The thickness of the husk for those who enjoy folklore is comparable to 2018.
"The old-timers use to say, that the thickness of the husk, the worse the winter...but what that ear does when it grows, it grows up, then it falls down," states Thomas.