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(Posted Fri. Jun 21st, 2013)

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June 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 checks in with three farmers to find out how about the condition of the corn crop in a variety of areas. While they all experienced cool, wet conditions this spring during planting season, changing conditions in their respective areas have led to a diversity of opinion on how their harvests might be this year.   For Jennie Schmidt, who farms in Maryland, the possibility of slow growth and a growing season which could be cut short by weather unique to her coastal area lead not only to concern but also to action.   “In the last ten days, I have had eleven inches of rain....

(Posted Mon. Apr 8th, 2013)

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April 8: 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 meets Rob Korff, who farms in central Missouri. An active participant in state and national corn organizations, Korff serves his fellow farmers as an advocate for agriculture. While planting was well underway at this time last year, he notes that planters are just beginning to roll in mid-Missouri. “We have had a late spring this year, and the winter really held on, bringing quite a bit of snow in early March and rain after that,” Korff explained. “The fields have been wet and cold, unlike last year when it was already almost 90 degrees. Last year at this point, a lot of...

(Posted Thu. Jan 3rd, 2013)

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The National Corn Growers Association concludes the second 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. Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer also blogs about agriculture and tweets as @thefarmerslife. Through the year, he updated listeners on his corn and soybean farm, providing insight into changing perspectives on the 2012 crop, sharing his insight into a wide array of topics presented on his blog and discussing the importance of starting conversations about agriculture with the 98.5 percent of Americans removed from the farm. Looking back on 2012, Scott, like many others, thinks immediately of the drought that impacted corn farmers across the Heartland and dashed what had been high...