(Posted Fri. Oct 12th, 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.
Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer who was combining corn at the time. Yesterday, Scott tweeted a picture of the yield monitor in his combine cab after harvesting a 28 acre field. The monitor showed an average yield of only 61.4 bushels per acre for that area.
The low yield, although an average for that area, does not give an accurate picture of that total crop according to Scott. Instead, he has found that yields vary greatly, even from one end of a field to the other. With normally well-performing areas yielding less than average and generally swampy soils thriving, the drought has reversed normal productivity patterns in his area.
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.