(Posted Fri. Nov 4th, 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 Iowa farmer April Hemmes. With the 2016 crop in the bin, she reflected on what was a solid, but not record-setting, year for corn.


“We did pretty well with our corn this year,” she explained. “We did have a couple of disappointing varieties but, other than that, it was good. When you look at your yield monitor and see that it is hitting 199 bushels per acre and not passing 200 and feel disappointed, you know you have a pretty good year going.”


To listen to the full interview, click here.


Minnesota farmer Dan Erickson explained that four inches of rain earlier slowed harvest progress in southern Minnesota for about a week.


“We finally got back to harvesting corn two days ago,” he said. “The yields are good in our area, so I think that it is going to be comparable to what we saw in 2015.”


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.