(Posted Tue. Sep 24th, 2013)
Sept. 24: The National Corn Growers Association is now in 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 checked in with Maryland farmer Jennie Schmidt to see how the 2013 corn harvest is coming along. Schmidt explained that she began harvesting corn about three days ago.
“We are really pleased with our yields so far,” said Schmidt. “The moisture content is running around 16 to 17 percent, which is really good. It took us a while to get started, but we are glad that it is underway.”
Notably, the moisture content is not the only factor Schmidt sees as positive as she harvests the 2013 crop.
“This is one of the best dryland corn crops that we have ever had,” she explained. “We are really pleased with the way that it is hanging and the way that it is drying. Harvest is going really well so far.”
To listen to the full interview with Schmidt, including a brief explanation of how farmers harvest corn and where her crop will go, click here.
Stay tuned 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.