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.
Today, Field Notes caught up with April Hemmes, who farms in northern Iowa. From her tractor in the fields, she discussed how wet weather near her this spring has impacted her ability to plant corn, and other crops, in a timely fashion.
“Hopefully, this is the last day I will be planting soybeans. Then, I have to go back and fill in some wet spots,” she explained. “But, that is how the spring has gone in Iowa this year. The farther north you are the uglier it gets. The southern counties were begging for rain, but our northern counties are swimming in it.”
To listen to the full interview, 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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