(Posted Mon. Aug 29th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association continues its sixth 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.
At the end of last week, Field Notes caught up with April Hemmes, who farms in north central Iowa.
“I was out in the field yesterday and surprised to see that the field I had planted on April 12 was already dented,” she explained. “Our corn, just driving by, looks to be in really good condition from the road.
“Farmers that I am talking to around the state have seen some issues though. I have heard reports of tip backed ears and pollination problems, both of which could impact yields.”
Hemmes, in addition to speaking about her own crop, spoke to the findings thus far from recent efforts to determine yields across the Corn Belt. To listen to the full 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.