(Posted Fri. Oct 23rd, 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.
This week, Field Notes caught up with farmers from Maryland and Indiana, to get opinions on the 2015 corn crop as harvest draws to a close. While USDA estimates a national average yield of 168 bushels per acre, which would be the second-highest on record, the farms featured this week have not seen corn yields in line with that number. From hurricane issues in Maryland to continuing ramifications from a wet spring, there have been some weather-related challenges this year.
Stay tuned as Field Notes follows the growers who have opened their farms, families and communities up this year and discover the true faces of modern American agriculture.