The Wilcox-Hildreth FFA harvested their test plot on Tuesday, Oct. 25th. The plot was located on the Blake Steinkruger field on Hwy 10. Each of the companies were allowed to enter two eight row strips of the seed corn. Companies represented were DynaGro, Mycogen, Croplan, LG, Pioneer, Intregra, Renze, Big Cob, Producers Hybrids, Channel, Premium, Dekalb, Fontanelle, Hoegemeyer, Golden Harvest, AgriGold, and Stine.
The FFA members tested each sample for test weight, moisture, weight and calculated yield. Assisting the chapter with the testing were Richard Burken, Mycogen District sales manager and Chadd Johnson, AgriGold District Sales manager. Bruce and Blake Steinkruger operated the combine and trucks to move the corn away from the field.
FFA members that are members of the test plot committee are Austin Fouts, Vade Jensen, Garrett Winz, Sam Woollen and Dax Fouts. Their responsibility for the plot include recruiting seed from companies and arranging the seed in the plot as well as harvesting and calculating the results to disturb to dealers and area producers. If anyone would like a copy of the results please contact Dave Johnson at the Wilcox-Hildreth schools.
The Wilcox-Hildreth FFA put on a farm safety day Thursday, September 22, for National Farm Safety week. There were four different stations that the Wilcox-Hildreth elementary attended. The four stations were pinch point safety where they demonstrated the danger of chains and sprockets, and with belts and pulleys. Showed how they need safety guards, and to keep away from them.
During ATV Safety they talked about proper safety equipment and safety precautions. They also told some dangers and how to load and unload safely.
During tractor safety, they showed visibility safety to the students. They showed moving parts and PTO safety.
During electric fence safety, they explained to the students where electric fence can be found. They showed how to set it up properly and how to check it properly. They also showed how to cross it and get objects off the fence.
There were a total of 50 elementary students attending farm safety.
On November 22, Wilcox-Hildreth FFA held the Greenhand/Chapter degree ceremonies. Requirements for a Greenhand degree are, the student must be enrolled in an Ag class, be able to recite the creed, know FFA history and colors, and have an SAE program developed. To earn a chapter degree the student must hold a greenhand degree, and also earn or invest 150 dollars or work 50 hours with their SAE, also he/she must lead a group discussion for at least 15 minutes, and be able to perform 5 parliamentary procedures.
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