MAY 2015


(Posted Fri. May 22nd, 2015)

The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fifth 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 farmers from Maryland, Texas, Iowa and Illinois, to get opinions on the outlook for the 2015 corn crop. Reports indicated interesting developments. Maryland has too little rain, while Texas has too much. Iowa and Illinois both have had a steady stream of showers, but farmers have taken advantage of short windows to get the crop in the ground. While all of these men and women see some challenges, their overall perspective shows the optimism and resilience that characterize the spirit of America’s farmers.


To listen to an interview with Jennie Schmidt, the Foodie Farmer, from Maryland, click here.


Find out more about how constant spring rains have impacted planting in Texas with Jay Beckhusen by clicking here.


Click here to share a laugh with April Hemmes as she discusses the corn crop in northern Iowa and the tasks that lie after planting on her farm.


Finally, catch up with new Field Notes participant Chad Kleinschmidt for the perspective on the corn crop in Illinois, as seen through the eyes of an up-and-coming farmer by clicking 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.