(Posted Fri. Mar 27th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fifth 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 Indiana farmer and blogger, Brian Scott. While his planters still sit waiting for a warm, dry day, Scott busily prepares to take advantage of the planting window when it comes.
“We have our planter all tuned up, and it is ready to get in the field,” he explained. “We still have another tractor to look at and check tire pressures and things like that. We also still have to get some things ready on the software end by getting our maps and prescriptions together.”
Scott, like many farmers across the country has adopted many precision agriculture techniques that, by using GPS and a detailed set of farm-specific data, help him tailor a plan to maximize yields on his land. He recently added a blog post on the subject, with videos, to www.thefarmerslife.com.
“Some people say that, minus the farmer, the planter is the most important thing on the farm,” said Scott. “Right now, we are really focusing on making sure each part of it is ready. The planting window can be short, and we only have one shot every year to get it right.”
To listen to the full interview and find out more, 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.