(Posted Fri. Aug 8th, 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 Iowa farmer April Hemmes, who farms in the north central part of the state.


“Yesterday, we got a nice soft half-inch rain over the course of the day,” said Hemmes. “It was just what the doctor ordered, because we were getting desperately dry. The corn was even turning a bit yellow in some areas. I have heard that southern Iowa got four or five inches of rain in some parts, but we did really need some rain. In some places it may have been too much but, in our area, it was just a beautiful soft rain.”


To listen to the full interview with Hemmes, including her account of a program in which she participates that sends needed funds to rural schools, click here.


Field Notes also checked in with Indiana farmer and blogger Brian Scott.


“The corn here is looking about as good as I have ever seen it,” said Scott. “It’s hard to believe that it could look better than last year, but it does right now. It might be another excellent crop.”


To find out more about how precision agriculture benefits farmers and the environment, listen to the full interview 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.