(Posted Thu. Sep 27th, 2018)
This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued its eighth 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 caught up with Jim Raben, who farms in southern Illinois. With harvest progress temporarily paused due to rain, he is grateful that at least flooding hasn’t impacted his farm as it has for many of those closer to the river.
“Any time you have rains in the fall, it delays the harvest,” said Raben. “We can work around a little rain but, yesterday, we got seven inches in some places. Prior to that, we had two inches of rain. So, we are very wet right now.
“We will probably go back to harvesting corn before we go back to harvesting beans.”
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.