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 April Hemmes, who farms in north central Iowa. Despite slow progress due to wet conditions, she has a more optimistic outlook for what will eventually reach her bins at the end of corn harvest.
“Everyone I have spoken with is very happy with their yields this year,” she explained. “We had a lot of dry weather in Iowa in July, even parts of August. But the reports that I have been hearing, even from people in the parts of the state most impacted by the drought, are that parts of their farm, even just a few miles apart, have places that got just three or four more inches of rain and that made a 50 bushel per acre difference. Corn here is going to do very well.”
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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.