(Posted Fri. Oct 26th, 2012)

The National Corn Growers Association continues the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.




Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer who recently completed his corn harvest. The last time Field Notes saw Scott, he was in the combine and averaging just above 61 bushels per acre. Since then, the outlook for his crop has improved somewhat, with a full farm average of a bit more than 80 bushels per acre. While he reports this is only half the yield common in an average year, he notes that what has been harvested is of good quality, free from mold and of an optimal test weight.



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Next, Field Notes visited with Donna Jeschke, who farms just south of Chicago, Illinois. One state over from Scott, Jeschke has also completed harvesting corn. The drought impacted crops in her area, with her farm average yield for corn this year just surpassing 90 bushels per acre. Jeschke reports she has already begun preparations for spring planting, both by tilling some acres and by beginning to select her inputs. Like all modern farmers, selecting seed and other inputs requires she analyze a wide variety of data and options to ensure the products she purchases today will ensure the best possible harvest nearly a year from now.



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Finally, Field Notes checked in with Sam Hancock, who farms in Kentucky. Hancock, who completed harvesting corn early this year, also reported seeing corn yields on his farm at about half the normal level. Relying upon his strong support network back home to keep his operation going, he is currently attending a meeting of the National Association of Wheat Growers, where he will help provide grassroots leadership similar to that provided to NCGA by the Corn Congress.



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Stay tuned over the coming weeks as Field Notes follows the growers who have opened their farms, families and communities up this year and meet the true faces of modern American agriculture.