The National Corn Growers Association continues its sixth 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 Maryland farmer Jennie Schmidt, The Foodie Farmer, who took a break from combining to discuss harvest in her area.
“We are wrapping up harvest right now. I only have about ten acres left in this field,” she explained. “Unfortunately, we experienced some side effects of Hurricane Matthew, which came through a couple of weeks ago. I do have one field with about 20 acres of pretty broken off corn. We didn’t get a lot of rain, but we did get some high winds.”
To listen to the full interview, including what she is seeing in terms of yields, 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.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.