This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued 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.
This week, Field Notes caught up with Patty Mann, who farms in Ohio and chairs NCGA’s Consumer Engagement Action Team. While many farmers across the country have slowed their tractors due to wet, cool conditions, her planters have been running from dawn to dusk this week.
“We have had a great run for the last week or ten days. We have not been getting rain like much of the country has experienced; we are a bit on the dry side right now,” she explained. “We are approaching the half way point in planting for both our corn and soybeans. We could use rain right now to get the seeds already in the ground up and growing.”
Again, in terms of temperature, Mann’s Ohio farm has experienced conditions that differ significantly from some farmers.
“We had a little bit of a cool snap last weekend. The cold front brought rain to some areas, but it skipped over us. The first part of last week, we were quite a bit below normal. This week, we have warmed right back up and, in fact, the last few days have been in the 80s,” said Mann. “It has been very warm and windy, which has dried our soil quite quickly.”
To find out more about what Mann will do once planting is complete, 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.
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