(Posted Fri. Oct 31st, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth 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 Brian Scott, an Indiana corn farmer who also authors the blog thefarmerslife.com. For Scott, harvest progress has been slow due to continual wet weather.
“We aren’t as far along as other farmers in Indiana on corn harvest. Right now, we are only at about 25 percent harvested,” said Scott. “We have been in all of our corn fields except for one, but we haven’t finished one yet. It has been wet, and we are working with what we’ve got.
“Earlier in the week, it popped up to 80 degrees from 60. You know that there is almost always going to be some precipitation behind that, and there was. But, it won’t keep us out of the fields that long. Really, last week was our first real full week of harvesting that we have had so far this year.”
With USDA reports indicating that 76 percent of the Indiana corn crop was in good or excellent condition as of October 26, Scott explains that a late harvest and high quality are not mutually exclusive.
“Up until we got heavy rains at the end of the summer, we pretty much had perfect weather for corn this year,” he said. “There is a big crop out there, and it is of good quality. Right now, getting to it is the only hard part. We still have around 18 to 20 percent moisture, which is okay. If we start getting to Thanksgiving and the crop isn’t out yet, then I will start to worry that we could lose bushels, but that is a long way away.”
To listen to the full interview with Scott, including his explanation of the difficulties farmers face trying to harvest in wet conditions, 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.