(Posted Fri. Jul 1st, 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 Ridgway, Illinois. While USDA reports indicate near-average crop progress and strong corn crop condition in his state, a variety of weather-related challenges have negatively impacted the corn in his county.


“The corn here doesn’t look as good as the 71 percent in good or excellent condition being reported across the state,” he explained. “Here, I would say that 50 percent is in good or excellent condition at the most. Due to the wet weather during planting, we have a lot of young corn and, at this point, it could still go either way.”


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.