- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Parts of Alabama continue to weather an extreme drought, authorities said.

The worst of Alabama’s drought in the state’s northeast corner, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report tracking drought conditions nationwide.

The most serious situation - extreme drought conditions - continued in nearly all of Jackson County and large parts of Madison and DeKalb counties, the report shows.

Less extreme conditions - classified as severe drought - covered other parts of northern Alabama and eastern Alabama, including several of the counties along the Alabama-Georgia line.

The lack of rain has taken a toll on farmer Doug Trantham’s corn crop in the Alexandria area.

“We’re probably going to make between 25-40 bushels per acre where we would normally make 130-140 bushels per acre,” he told WBMA-TV. “So it’s just pretty much devastated the corn crop… it’s too late for it.”

“It can be pretty devastating to you,” he added.


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