(Posted Fri. Aug 2nd, 2013)

Aug 2:  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 checks in with farmers in Nebraska and Texas to find out how about the condition of the corn crop in their respective areas. With the growing season well underway in the Midwest, farmers in the South have already begun to harvest their corn.


For Andy Jobman, who farms and works as a crop consultant in Nebraska, sunny days and a warm September would help ensure that corn is plentiful when harvest time comes around there.


“In Nebraska, we have been working hard to grow the crop through careful monitoring of our irrigation systems,” Jobman explained. “Where the water is getting, the crop looks great. Where it isn’t, it doesn’t. The crop condition is really a mixed bag here. The corn should mature into a respectable crop though so long as we do not get a killing frost, one that will stop the maturation process, in September. The corn needs more time.”


In the interview, Jobman goes on to explain how corn matures and what impact the progress toward maturity might have on the crop. To listen to the full interview, click here.


Texas farmer Jay Beckhusen has already begun to harvest his corn crop. While the heat in late June took a toll on the corn in his area, farmers are still seeing above average yields as they bring in the crop.


“We started to harvest corn about July 20th around here,” explained Beckhusen. “Everyone seems to be happy with the yields that they are seeing even though they were not what we expected early in the season. Every day that goes by though, we seem to be losing ground on the price. The goal right now is to get the crop out of the fields and into the bins. Then, we can go from there.”


To listen to the full interview with Beckhusen, 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.