(Posted Fri. Apr 11th, 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 Indiana farmer who began sharing his story with NCGA in 2012. In addition to farming, Scott helps cultivate public understanding of agriculture through social media on his blog, www.thefarmerslife.com, and through Twitter using the handle @thefarmerslife.
Scott noted that wet weather will probably delay planting for the foreseeable future in his area.
“We usually aim to plant around April 20, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen this year,” he explained. “We missed the rain yesterday, and it should be windy tomorrow. But, there is still a lot of drying out that we need to do.”
Although he cannot yet get the planter he tested yesterday into the field quite yet, Scott still keeps busy making improvements to his fields that will ensure an even more successful year in 2014.
“Right now, we are working on the field tiles to make sure that there is proper drainage,” said Scott. “We just put them in a few years ago to help move water away from the field in heavy rain situations.”
To listen to the full interview and learn more about the use of tiles in dry land corn farming, 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.