(Posted Fri. Jul 6th, 2012)
July 6: The National Corn Growers Association continues the second 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.
As much of the Corn Belt continues to experience dry, hot conditions, Field Notes checked in with Missouri farmer Billy Thiel. Thiel noted that, despite significant drought damage, farmers will still produce a corn crop this year. Always positive, he also noted that input costs should decrease next year as plants take advantage of residual fertilizer.
Next, Field Notes caught up with North Dakota farmer James Aarsvold. Earlier in the day, Aarsvold's fields benefited from six-tenths of an inch of badly needed rain. This moisture, although minimal, will aid the plant during the critical tasseling period.