Agriculture experts are predicting a bountiful year for northern Alabama's cotton crop. Heavy rain this week forced some farmers to delay harvesting another week or two. However, planters say the fall rain has been welcome after a scorching summer that featured consistent heat and little rain. Eric Schavey, regional extension agent for northwest Alabama, predicts a solid cotton crop this year. He said less rain over the coming days would be more beneficial to the cotton crops. More rain could lead to boll rot, some of which he's seen in some plants.
100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Skye Chalmers has been a professional photographer for 20 years. Born "in a drafty farmhouse" in Weston, Vt., he writes, he still lives in the state "with his superwoman and their redheaded twin toddlers."