This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off its eighth 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.
Earlier this week, Field Notes caught up with Jim Raben, who farms in southern Illinois. The weather this spring has impacted his ability to plant corn, and other crops, in a timely fashion.
“Things are quite a bit cooler than normal, and there is a lot of moisture. There has been a lot of rain and that has made a lot of back water,” he explained. “I have managed to get some field work done though. I think people in my area are aiming to get their planters out on Saturday.”
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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.
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