(Posted Fri. Nov 8th, 2013)

Nov. 8:  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 crop looked following the completion of harvest. With a few days since he finished in the fields, Scott has had a chance to take a closer look at how each type of corn on each of type of soil faired.


“This year was a very good year for corn in general in my part of Indiana,” said Scott. “Breaking it down, all of our dent corn is on two separate areas with very different soil. Here by the house, on what I consider the better soil, we averaged about 206 bushels per acre, which is great. On the sandy area, we averaged 166, which is about 40 bushels per acre higher than we saw there in the last two years. Our waxy corn did great too at about 195 bushels per acre and will garner about a 90 cent premium for each bushel. We are very happy with how our corn crop went this year.”


Scott, who entered NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest for the first time this year, also harvested his contest plot. While a bit of unfortunate weather impacted yield there, he was still pleased with the overall result and plans to try again in 2014.


“The test plot did go well with an average of about 255 bushels per acre,” he explained. “We were a little disappointed with how the field we selected for the test plot happened to be a section which had some green snap from this summer. When we planted, we had emergence of about 36,000 plants, but we only had about 31,000 ears out there by harvest. I would like to think that we could have easily pushed 300 bushels per acre if it weren’t for that green snap, but it is what it is.”


Finally, Scott noted that he has already completed his contest harvest form online, and he urges his fellow growers to also do so before the Nov. 22 deadline.


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