(Posted Fri. Aug 24th, 2012)
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.
This week, Field Notes caught up with Billy Thiel, who farms in Marshall, Mo. Thiel, who farms in an area hard-hit by the summer’s drought, is now harvesting his corn, a full three weeks ahead of what would be normal for his area. While he had prepared himself for the worst, he has been pleasantly surprised by how well his corn has survived despite the dry conditions. Although his farm has been drier than it was during the multiple droughts of the 1980s, Thiel believes that the many advances in seed technology helped him preserve his yields.
To listen to the audio 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.