(Posted Fri. Sep 14th, 2012)

The National Corn Growers Association continues 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.


This week, Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer and agvocate blogger. With harvest well underway, Scott describes how the weather caused yields in his fields to vary drastically from spot to spot. This afternoon, he hopes the sun peaks out and helps his newly-planted cover crops germinate.


To listen to the audio interview, click here.


Field Notes also caught up with Billy Thiel, a Missouri farmer expecting to complete his corn harvest today. Thiel notes that, while the drought did cause damage, he has seen a larger crop of drier, better quality corn than he had previously anticipated.


To listen to the audio interview, click here.


Finally, Field Notes spoke with Donna Jeschke, who farms an hour south of Chicago. Jeschke, who often opens her farm to teams of grain and oilseed growers and buyers from around the world, recounts a recent visit with a young French couple who also farms. A long-time agvocate, Jeschke also takes a moment to explain how rising corn prices may not impact grocery bills to the extent many consumers expect.


To listen to the audio interview, 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.