(Posted Wed. Mar 30th, 2016)
This week, the National Corn Growers Association kicked off 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.
To begin a new season, Field Notes met Jim Raben, who farms in southeastern Illinois near the Ohio River.
While he is waiting for drier weather to plant, Jim has already made a number of decisions for his farm this planting season.
“We farm mainly corn and soybeans, normally in about a fifty-fifty split,” he explained. “This year, it will be a little different. We plan on putting out about 3,400 acres of corn and, probably, 4,400 acres of soybeans.
“We plan on getting started as soon as weather dries up. We are in the line to get some heavy rains this afternoon again, and we are already wet.
“We have sprayed a little bit, but we have not done any field work whatsoever. So, we are looking forward to a little bit of sun and some wind to dry us out.”
Find out more about planting conditions in Illinois by clicking here to listen to the full interview.
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.