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Ag. Science Class Plants Crop Plots

Marion County News of Pleasantville, Iowa

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During the second semester of the school year the Pleasantville High School Agricultural Science students are busy at work in the fields. Micah Mullinex with Precision Crop Connections volunteered to help the students learn to check and repair their planter. Students opened a seasonal business to local farmers to help them achieve high performance in their fields by testing their corn meters on a new Precision Planting test bench. Students planted two soybean plots. A soybean test plot was planted located off of old Highway 5 in between Cascade Manufacturing and Neogen. Another bean plot was planted north of Pleasantville. They also planted a corn test plot near the Pleasantville Cemetery. Student representatives met June 26 at 6:00AM with Kent Mc Corkle and Shane Sorenson. After a quick lesson in the classroom everyone walked the fields to scout problems and conditions. Students took population counts, found growing points, checked for diseases, and nutrient deficiencies. The class will be meeting again and scouting their crops with local agronomists and seed salesmen monthly through harvest. During the school year students had learned many agronomy skills such as being able to spot harmful insects, diseases, and soil sampling. Thank you to Titan Machinery of Pella for allowing the use of a tractor, Brad Kauffman of Smith Fertilizer & Grain (Pfister, Syngenta, Asgrow,) McCorkle Seed, Channel Seeds, and Prairie Brand — District Sales Manager, Shane Sorenson.

Sawyer Phillips and Eduardo Sanchez focused with their task of hooking up the 20/20 Seed Sense monitor by Precision Planting that the FFA owns.

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Original Publication Date: July 16, 2015

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