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.
Field Notes caught up with Patty Mann, who farms in Ohio. Finally finishing a long, wet corn planting season on June 7, the weather ultimately impacted her planting decisions this year.
“We had to switch 1,200 acres over from corn to soybeans,” she explained. “In the area around here, especially farms to our north, everyone is still out working. This past weekend though, we had to pick and choose what fields we can work. I can see where the numbers (in USDA reports) would eventually reflect the change from corn acres to beans. Especially in our area here, it seems like that would be a distinct possibility.”
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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.
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.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.