(Posted Fri. Oct 30th, 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. Recently having finished harvest, Hemmes reports that yields reached record territory in her area. Yet, while the work of growing corn may have finished, she has many tasks ahead of her over the coming months.
“I don’t know if we just live in a golden spot in north central Iowa, but we had incredibly good yields this year,” said Hemmes. “Now, we have a whole lot of corn to do something with. Early on, I had a bin salesman talk to me about how you wouldn’t leave $30,000 in a bin and not make sure it is okay. Well, even with three dollar corn, a 10,000 bushel bin has that type of value. All fall and winter, I work diligently to keep up the quality of my corn.”
To listen to the full interview, including a preview of an upcoming blog post on precision agriculture and technology, 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.