(Posted Mon. Sep 22nd, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth 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 Brian Scott, an agvocate blogger who farms in Indiana. While his soybean harvest is already underway, corn harvest remains a few weeks out for him.
“No corn has been harvested yet that I have seen,” said Scott. “The majority of corn harvest is still a ways out. By Wednesday though, we hope to try a little for a premium. At basis, I am not sure if you could call it a premium but at least it isn’t 25 cents below. We have to get some out anyway. We can’t store everything at home, and we will probably have to move about 20,000 to 30,000 bushels.”
With cool, damp conditions lingering, his greatest corn harvest concern is the possibility of more rain.
“We usually start harvesting within a week of September 27, my birthday, it seems,” he said. “Of course, we might just be waiting on the ground to dry out so that we can get out there. We have had a few dry days here after a few wet weeks. Right now, it is not going to take very much rain for the ground to be saturated again though.”
To listen to the full interview with Scott, including a discussion of the broad variety of seed options available to farmers, 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.