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.
This week, Field Notes caught up with Andy Jobman, who grows both white and yellow food-grade corn in southwestern Nebraska. Also, an independent crop consultant, he has finished up planting on his farm and reports the farmers with whom he works have as well.
“Planting was a little bit difficult in our area this year. Winter took its time leaving, and we had several really late snow storms, including a blizzard in April,” he explained. “We had very few days to get field work done in April and prepare the fields for planting and apply fertilizers.
“Many of us were running well into the night, working until three, four or five in the morning, to get the fields ready when the conditions turned more favorable. Sometimes, we get a break but, this year, we were pretty much just hooking up the planters as soon as the fields were ready.”
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.
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.