T-55 FFA learning and growing in Sept.
On Sept. 27 students from the T-55 FFA organization traveled to the farm of Jack and Marion Boyer south of Reinbeck for an educational service project.
During the August 2020 derecho, the Boyers lost a sizable amount of trees that acted as a windbreak on their property.
A total of 20 students, along with FFA Sponsor Hunter Hamilton went out to the farm to replant trees that had been lost.
Students learned about planting windbreaks and how to best prepare the young trees to be set in the ground.
There were 61 Norway spruce and Austrian pine trees that the volunteers helped get into the ground last Monday.
Once the tree planting was completed, students visited with Jack about cover crop practices he uses on his fields.
This year he is working on a research trial plot where he’s planted soybeans into cereal rye cover crop.
The beans were planted in April with the rye getting harvested a few months later in July. Boyer reports his bean yields have looked good so far this year considering the lack of recent moisture.
FFA dairy contests
Earlier in September, T-55 FFA students competed in a variety of dairy judging contests. On Sept. 16 the group went to Calmar for the Tri-State Dairy Expo put on by the Northeast Iowa Dairy and Agriculture Foundation.
The group’s highest placing team was the T-55 Non-Reasons Class team that received second place overall. The team included Devon Lotts, Colin Meester, Brian McCarter and Cooper Steffen.
An additional Non-Reasons Class team of Kiersten Christiansen, Elyse Folkerts, Colton Kucera and Leif Lucas placed fifth overall.
Individually, Haven Cross scored a seventh place finish in the Reasons Class while Lotts, Meester and Steffen placed fifth, ninth and tenth, respectively in the Non-Reasons Class.
One day later the group traveled with eight members to West Union to compete in the State Dairy Evaluation and State Milk Quality Contests.
The T-55 Dairy Evaluation team of Haven Cross, Cayden Buskohl, Amaya Peterson and Mike Valentine finished in 16th place overall.
The T-55 Milk Quality team of Angelina Rondeau, Henry Mussig, Thomas Smith and Drew Eilers finished in 24th place overall.