(Posted Fri. Aug 5th, 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 Jim Raben, who farms in southern Illinois. With almost 30 inches of rain this July, his crop is experiencing the effects of an unusually wet season.


“In our case, everything is running late, because we have had so much rain,” he explained. “It should start maturing, but it is going to stay green longer. This July, we broke a moisture record. It really hurt us in a lot of ways.”


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.