(Posted Mon. Oct 7th, 2013)
Oct.7: The National Corn Growers Association is now wrapping up 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 Indiana farmer Brian Scott to see how the 2013 corn harvest is coming along. Momentarily pausing the combine for a brief chat, Scott explained that what he has seen in the fields so far.
“When we ran out of soybeans dry enough to cut last week, we started harvesting corn,” said Scott. “It’s going really well so far. In the field right by home, I just finished a few of the outside rows and the yield monitor shows 199.9 bushels per acre. We finished one field of waxy corn, and it yielded about 187, which is pretty good considering the premium it garners.”
Noting that he was pleased with he has seen, Scott talked about precisely what waxy corn is and why it would garner a premium.
“Waxy corn, while common in my part of Indiana, is something that may not be familiar even to farmers in every part of the country,” he explained. “Here, it has become popular in large part because we have somewhere to take it to. It goes through the wet milling process and, because of its unique characteristics, is well suited for a lot of different food uses.”
To listen to the full interview with Scott, click here.
Stay tuned 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.