(Posted Fri. May 8th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fifth 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 Indiana farmer and blogger, Brian Scott, who writes thefarmerslife.com.
Unlike farmers in other parts of the country, corn planting did not progress as quickly last week. He discussed how he is making up for lost time while taking a break to eat lunch.
“Last week conditions were a little wet,” he explained. “We don’t normally work on Sundays but, last Sunday we put 11 hours on the planter. We knew rain was coming, and we would be out of the fields again for two days. Now, we are catching up some.”
Then, Field Notes checked in with Iowa farmer April Hemmes. While she is out of the fields due to wet conditions today, her planting progress over the past two weeks has been impressive.
“We found out in northern Iowa last year that, some years, we need to get our corn planted in about four days,” said Hemmes. “I have talked to farmers from around the state and, in Iowa, field conditions for corn planting could not have been better. We know that the window won’t stay open long so we just get on our proverbial horse and ride.”
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.