(Posted Fri. Sep 23rd, 2011)

Sept. 23: Field Notes opened the farm gate this spring and provided followers with an inside look at the activities of several farmers from a variety of geographical areas. Today, we caught up with Maryland grower Chip Bowling as he drove his new grain truck home from Missouri to discuss what he is seeing this harvest.


Bowling, who was approaching Lexington, Ky., when we spoke, noted that new technology allows farmers to connect more efficiently in business transactions.


“Thanks to the Internet, farmers like me in Maryland can connect with farmers in Missouri to buy equipment like this truck,” said Bowling. “I just had a meeting of the Corn Board at NCGA’s St. Louis office. I had already made a deal over the phone, so now I am driving it back.”


Upon his return, he will return to normal harvest activities. He noted that, so far, things have gone smoothly on his farm.


“As soon as I get this truck back home and get tags on it, we are loading it with corn,” said Bowling. “We are about half-way through harvest as rain over the past few weeks has delayed progress. We were so dry before though that the fields are still in remarkably good shape. We have only had a few minor issues with getting equipment stuck but nothing major.”


He noted that, while harvest is going well, yields are not meeting the expectations of the growers in his area.


“Moisture on the corn we are harvesting is running anywhere between 15 and 20 percent, which is great,” said Bowling. “Yield is a little bit below what we had thought it would be. The hurricane and tropical depression coming through back-to-back did lower yields a bit as some corn is now on the ground and cannot be harvested.”


To listen to the full interview, click here.