(Posted Fri. Aug 29th, 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 Jennie Schmidt, a CommonGround volunteer, registered dietitian, blogger and farmer in Maryland. Schmidt, who grows a variety of vegetables and grains in addition to corn, explained that corn has not matured at an average pace in her area.


“Right now, I would say that we are on the cusp of just starting to mature,” said Schmidt. “The majority of the crop is still very green, and it hasn’t really started to dry down. Everything has fallen very much behind where we would be in a normal season.”


Despite the pace of maturation, Schmidt remains optimistic about the overall corn crop she will harvest in 2014.


“The quality does look to be very good,” she said. “We had good pollination. We had a fairly decent summer as far as rain goes. Right now, I would say that our final yields will be above the county average, running around 180 to 200 bushels per acre.”


To listen to the full interview with Schmidt, including her commentary about her Roma tomato crop this year, 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.