Crop plot project gives Hartington students hands-on experience


HARTINGTON — Last spring the Hartington FFA Chapter began a crop plot project that gave students practical experience in farming.

Twenty acres of land located north of the junction of highways 57 and 12 was donated to the Chapter by Scott Heine so the students could use it as a learning tool.

The students first planted five different varieties of seed to see how they were different from each other.

They also conducted a residue test by mulching portions of the planted plot with corn stalk bales once the seeds germinated.

Before the corn seed was planted last spring, the students were taught more about the seed weed control, marketing, and agricultural loans.

Duane Hoesing, Security Bank; Jerry Thoene and Reed Stolpe, Bow Valley Elevator; Jason Hans, Central Valley Ag Co-op; Lyle Lammers and Ed Reimers, Producers Hybrid Seed Corn; and Shonn Endres and Doug Sudbeck, Grossenburg Implement, came in to discuss these and other topics with the plant science students.

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