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 Kyle Kirby, who farms in Missouri. As he has begun corn harvest, Kirby has seen yields that may be a bit above normal for his farm. In addition to harvesting corn for grain, he has also harvested corn for silage.
“It is very unusual that we are chopping silage while we are picking corn,” he explained. “Usually, our corn for grain is earlier varieties but, this year, we had some corn that had to be replanted and is later to mature. So, we find ourselves picking grain corn and chopping silage simultaneously.”
Going into further detail, Kirby notes that the corn chopped for silage now is done so by equipment so advanced that it can harvest a whole year’s worth of cattle feed in only one day.
To see how this works, check out drone footage of silage being chopped on Kirby’s farm earlier this week on Missouri Corn Growers Association’s Facebook Page.
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Stay tuned over the coming weeks as Field Notes follows the growers who have opened their farms, families and communities this year to 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.