(Posted Fri. Apr 25th, 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 Adam Bell, a member of the inaugural class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program, then took the time to introduce his farm in western Kentucky. In the Mississippi River Basin, Bell farms about 2,000 acres primarily using no-till methods because he desires to do his part in implementing conservation practices in his work.
He paused his tractor to discuss progress in the fields and how planting is progressing in Kentucky.
“We are actually planting right now and getting our fields ready ahead of the planter at the same time,” he said. “We are putting down nitrogen and our micronutrients, like phosphorous. We are moving along quite well.”
“We are able to run our equipment without too many problems as it is getting a lot drier today,” Bell explained. “It is sunny and there is a little breeze, which is helping things out quite a bit. If everything goes well, we can finish corn planting in about five days and move onto our soybean crop.”
To find out more about Bell and listen to the full 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.