MAY 2015


(Posted Fri. May 29th, 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 checked in with Iowa farmer April Hemmes. While she completed planting corn for 2015, she worries about the possibility of replanting acres as cool, wet conditions hamper the growth of her crop.


“On my farm alone, we have gotten more than two inches of rain in the past few days,” said Hemmes. “Even though it is 80 and sunny today, we are headed back to the 60s and wet over the weekend. Those do not equal great corn growing conditions.

“I know the last time we spoke, I mentioned needing heat units. But, as it stands, we need them even more now.”


To listen to the full interview, 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.