Utah's heat wave may be withering to the state's residents, but corn farmers are hoping it keeps up.
Jud Harward, who owns Harward Farms and has 15 sweet corn stands in Utah County, said the high temperatures are allowing farmers to make up for time lost because of the wet spring weather.He said now the crop is expected to be cut by Aug. 5, rather than July 24.
"Corn didn't grow during a three-week period," said Harward. "There wasn't enough heat during the day to stimulate growth."
Craig Burrell, an animal scientist with the Utah State Extension Service, said corn thrives on heat if it's watered.
"You can hear it grow at night," he said laughing. "This is real corn-growing weather."