MAY 2013


(Posted Tue. May 7th, 2013)

May 7: The National Corn Growers Association has launched its third 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.

Today, Field Notes catches up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer and blogger who began sharing his story with NCGA in 2012. Scott explained that the cool weather and wet conditions have kept all but a handful of farmers out of their fields to this point.

“Only one farmer by me has really planted any corn right now,” Scott said. “He only planted a few hundred acres in early April, like he normally does. I am not sure if he is going to have to replant though. I think a lot of those acres are under the Wabash River at the moment. It has just been too wet and too cold for us to do anything but spray for chickweed and put down fertilizer.”

He also noted that this year he and his family would be trying something new by entering the NCGA National Corn Yield Contest. “We have never done an official yield contest before, but we have done little plots to challenge ourselves around the farm,” said Scott.

“We aren’t going to get crazy. We are only planning to try a few new things and see what they do. The point for us is really pushing our own boundaries a little bit and seeing what we can learn.”

To listen to the full interview with Scott, click here.

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.