FIELD NOTES CATCHES UP WITH MARYLAND FARMER JENNIE SCHMIDT

MAY 2013

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(Posted Fri. May 24th, 2013)

May 24: The National Corn Growers Association has launched its third 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.

Today, Field Notes caught up with Jennie Schmidt, a Maryland farmer with a diverse operation, to discuss how the corn crop appears to be progressing in the mid-Atlantic. She explained that, despite unseasonable weather early this spring, her corn crop is maturing quite nicely.

“Planting is basically finished in my area with only a few of the largest operators who have a few hundred acres of corn left to plant,” Schmidt said. “On our farm, we planted about 800 acres of corn, and we finished planting that about ten days ago. Some of our earliest planted corn is in its fourth or fifth week stage of maturity. We are actually really pleased with how things are going this spring, especially considering how it started with such cold weather.”

As her farm includes such a wide variety of crops, she is now working to cultivate a robust tomato crop and hoping for a window of four warm, dry days so that she can cut hay.

To listen to the full interview with Schmidt, 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.