This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off its seventh 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.
Field Notes met a new farmer from Ohio this week, Patty Mann, who also serves as chair of NCGA’s Consumer Engagement Action Team.
Right now, she is waiting for drier, warmer weather.
“I farm in Shelby County, Ohio with my husband and family,” she explained. “This year, we are going to split our acreage evenly between corn and soy.”
Find out more about her planting intentions, clicking here.
Field Notes also caught up with a farmer the series spoke with last year, Dan Erickson from Minnesota.
“We started a few things, applying fertilizer and such, early in the month of April,” he said. “Some years, but not this year, there isn’t much going on to speak of in terms of weather. This year, it has been quite wet.”
To find out more about his planting intentions, 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.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.