(Posted Fri. Sep 2nd, 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.
Yesterday, Field Notes discussed the corn crop condition with Jim Raben, who farms in southern Illinois.
“We have about 700 acres that were planted early that we are going to start shelling tomorrow,” he said. “The other acres, which were planted a bit later are also mature. For them, it is just a matter of drying down.
“We are seeing damaged ears and mold. Basically, we are seeing both damage on the butt end and damage to the tip of the corn.”
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.