FIELD NOTES CATCHES UP WITH TEXAS FARMER JAY BECKHUSEN

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(Posted Tue. May 21st, 2013)

May 21: 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 caught up with Jay Beckhusen, a Texas farmer, to discuss how the corn crop appears to be progressing 90 miles north of Austin. He explained that three nights of rain came at critical times and thus his crop is maturing well right now.

“We had just started to see a bit of drought stress in early May, but rain on the 10 th, 11 th and 16 th saved the crop, and now it is tasseling quite nicely,”Beckhusen said. “I know that not everyone in my area was as lucky, but we were blessed.”

To listen to the full interview with Beckhusen, 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.