SC corn growers benefit from Midwest drought - FOX Carolina 21

SC corn growers benefit from Midwest drought

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ANDERSON (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The drought in the Midwest is good news for corn growers in South Carolina.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that South Carolina growers are expecting a good crop.

Kyle Daniel is Georgetown County's Farm Service Agency director. Daniel said those who planted early this year can expect success.

Owner and operator of Denver Downs farm in Anderson Tom Garrison said he planted early in March this year.

"It's good to have a good crop," said Garrison. "It feels good."

Garrison said agriculture is a bigger gamble than going to Las Vegas, but this year he'll come out on top with his corn crop.

The Midwest is going through its worst drought in 60 years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the price of corn has risen from $5 a bushel in May to $8 a bushel this week.

"The bad thing about agriculture is for someone to profit, someone else needs to suffer," said Garrison.

Experts said the warm weather in February and March allowed the growers to plant early in South Carolina and avoid a late freeze. Tropical Storm Beryl provided rain in late May as the crop was filling out.

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