APRIL 2016


(Posted Fri. Apr 22nd, 2016)

The National Corn Growers Association continues its sixth 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.


This week, Field Notes catches up with Illinois farmer Jim Raben, who notes that many farmers in his area have changed their planting intentions to favor soybeans instead of corn. Looking at the potential profitability of the switch, he sees market changes as the greatest motivating factor.


With nearly a third of his corn acres planted, Raben discusses how the favorable weather and technology move his operation along. To listen to the full interview, click here.


Field Notes also meets Dan Erickson, a farmer from Alden, Minnesota. With half of his corn crop already planted, Erickson is optimistic that he will complete corn planting for the year by week’s end.


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.