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Apr 2020

Field Notes

NCGA's tenth season of Field Notes is in a new blog format. Check back for quick looks into what real farmers see in terms of crop progress and gain insight into how the crop of 2020 is doing from firsthand sources.

Apr 27, 2020

Field Notes Minnesota and Ohio

Key Issues:Production

  “Things are busy. We are getting everything ready to go, and I hope to get the planter rolling today. We have seen a lot of people planting in the area and are excited to get in the field.” - Bryan Biegler, Minnesota           “There’s nothing planted here yet, but we are heading in that direction. We are hoping to get started next week. So far, it’s been cold and wet enough to keep us out of the fields. It looks like we’ll have nice warm weather in May though that will let us get planting.” – Patty Mann, Ohio    

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Apr 20, 2020

Missouri and North Dakota Field Notes

Key Issues:Production

  “We started planting the first week in April, before the cold snap. So far, we have had good luck. Things have run smoothly without many breakdowns so far. Today, we’re working hard in the fields.” – Addie Yoder, Missouri   “Personally, we have the majority of our corn left to harvest from last year. Looking at it, we will have our first 70-degree day tomorrow. Best case scenario - we are a week to two away from corn planting. Seven to ten days from now, planting activity will hopefully startup, but 15 to 20 percent of last year’s corn crop is still standing. Farmers will have to prioritize planting this year’s corn or harvesting that left from last year.” – Randy Melvin, North Dakota    

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Apr 13, 2020

Field Notes: Firsthand Insight from America’s Corn Farmers

Key Issues:Production

Last week, Field Notes reached out to farmers to find out how planting is progressing on their farmers. This week, NCGA kicks off the tenth season in an exciting new blog format. Check back for quick looks into what real farmers see in terms of crop progress and gain insight into how the crop of 2020 is doing from firsthand sources.   Lowell Neitzel – Lawrence, Kansas   “The good thing is that I have started planting a few acres but not too many given the changing weather conditions. Those acres might be okay. They might not. We’ll see, but we had to get started some time. There’s a lot of corn to plant and, as long as we could get some in the ground and shut the planters off, it made sense to take a chance.”   Jim Raben – Ridgway, Illinois   “We have planted the last few weeks of March or first few of April in the past. It needs to dry out. The river is still high, and the ground is too wet to really work.”

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