(Posted Fri. Sep 19th, 2014)

The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth 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 April Hemmes, a farmer from northern Iowa. While reports show that many farmers have begun to harvest, that is not the case in her community.


“I would like to say that the combines were rolling, but we are not so lucky here,” said Hemmes. “Everyone that I have talked to is a minimum of two weeks from harvesting. All of my corn, even the 99-day corn, has not black layered yet. In our area, we are hoping for average corn yields.”


An active member of her farming community, Hemmes recently had the chance to discuss how market conditions may impact farmers during a panel for ag entrepreneurship at Iowa State University.


“When you have been in it for over 29 years, like I have, you have seen a lot of situations,” she said. “I’ve sold corn for under $1.60, and I’ve sold corn for over $8. You’ve really got to manage your inputs in times like these. It’s back to reality in farming again.”


To listen to the full interview with Hemmes, including a discussion of the market conditions facing farmers, 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.