(Posted Fri. Nov 1st, 2013)
Nov. 1: 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 Nebraska farmer Andy Jobman to see how the 2013 corn harvest is coming along. Momentarily pausing the combine for a brief chat, Jobman explained that what he has seen in the fields as he completes what he hopes to be his final day of corn harvest.
“We are seeing pretty good yields so far with a lot of fields averaging about 200 bushels per acre,” said Jobman. “In some places, the fields got a little bit of hail during the growing season at almost the worst possible time. That took a lot of yield away in those areas, but the fields without hail damage are doing exceptionally well. It is sort of making up for that loss.”
While the average yields have been strong this year, Jobman joins farmers in many parts of the country in dealing with a wet harvest this year.
“The corn this harvest has been pretty wet compared to normal,” he explained. “Usually at this point in the fall, the moisture content in the kernels is really starting to come down for corn in the fields. Right now, since there was sort of a delay in the middle of the growing season, we are seeing a corn that is much wetter than normal. Our moisture contents are running between about 18 and 21 percent.”
To listen to the full interview with Jobman and find out more about how moisture impacts corn harvest, 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.