(Posted Fri. May 17th, 2013)
May 17: 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 catches up with Rob Korff, a Missouri farmer, who turned off his tractor to talk about planting progress in mid-Missouri. Korff explained that, while the weather has delayed planting by about a month, round-the-clock work since Mother’s Day will allow him to finish planting corn sometime today.
“I usually like to be done planting corn by the 15 th or 20 th of April,” Korff said. “By now, I would normally like to be done planting beans too, but I have yet to start those. We should be able to finish corn planting late tonight, and we will go right into planting beans tomorrow. If the weather holds, we are going to be out here working.”
He explained that, while planting may be have been delayed by four weeks, the crop could still produce an abundant harvest so long as the weather cooperates.
“If this does or does not affect yields really depends on the weather for the rest of the year,” said Korff. “The calendar says that we are a month behind on planting, but the weather says that we are not. It has been cold and wet. If the crops had been planted, they wouldn’t have grown anyway. The weather says we are running on schedule so we have to wait and see what the rest of the summer brings.”
To listen to the full interview with Korff, 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.