Field Notes Checks Planting Progress with Iowa Farmer Hemmes

April 26, 2019

Field Notes Checks Planting Progress with Iowa Farmer Hemmes

Apr 26, 2019

Author: Cathryn Wojcicki

This week, the National Corn Growers Association launched its ninth 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 northern Iowa, yesterday. Having already begun corn planting, she has made more progress than many in her state.


“I was out this morning at five o’clock with sprinkles on the windshield of my tractor trying to get another field’s soil finished” said Hemmes. “Planting is just slow. I talked to a farmer by me who said, ‘can’t we just have ten nice days?’”


To listen to the full interview, including how she started a STEM lunch-and-learn program for local girls this winter, 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.