This week, the National Corn Growers Association continued 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 Jim Raben, who farms in southern Illinois. As the crop hits mid-season, unfavorable weather conditions are adversely impacting his corn.
“We were very wet in Gallatin County all the way through the planting season,” Raben explained. “We pretty much mudded everything in, including the side dressing.”
“Where are we now? We need a rain. The crops are deteriorating every day. I have come across forecasts saying that this will be our worst crop since 2012.”
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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