JUNE 2016


(Posted Fri. Jun 3rd, 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 caught up with farmers in Illinois, Iowa and Maryland to discuss corn planting, emergence and the crop conditions on the ground. From wet weather to cold snaps, farmers have seen challenges but remain optimistic.


On Wednesday, Jim Raben from southern Illinois provided perspective on how continual, heavy rains have impacted his half of the state. While he has heard better reports from counties further north, rain has impacted planting progress and growing conditions on his farm.


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


Next, Field Notes talked with April Hemmes, who farms in north central Iowa. On her farm, the corn crop looks fairly healthy despite a few unseasonable cold snaps uncommon in her area.


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


Finally, Jennie Schmidt, who blogs as The Foodie Farmer, discussed how some wet conditions seem to have finally given way to a more favorable growing climate in Maryland.


To listen to the full interview with Schmidt, 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.