JUNE 2014


(Posted Fri. Jun 27th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth 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 caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer and author of The Farmers Life blog. With the crop in the ground and growing, he pauses in a field, birds chirping in the background, to talk about the corn crop at this point.


“The corn is looking really great here,” he explained. “It has been 80 to 90 degrees for a couple of weeks, and we have had a little bit of rain every few days. I can see the corn getting taller every morning when I drive out to the shop.”


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


Then, Field Notes spoke with April Hemmes, a farmer in north central Iowa, about the conditions in her area.


“In my part of Iowa, we got hit pretty hard last week,” Hemmes said. “On my farm, we had hail and more than ten inches of rain. So, some spots are drowned out, but the rest is way over knee high. My grandpa used to say he wanted corn to be knee high by the fourth of July. We have come a long way since then.”


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


Finally, Texas farmer Jay Beckhusen checked in with a report on the conditions over the past month near Austin.


“In May, we had three inches of rain in a weekend, and it saved the corn crop after a dry spring,” said Beckhusen. “Since then, we have had another ten to twelve inches across this crop. The corn is already mature. The kernels are starting to dent. We are starting to really plan for harvest.”


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.