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Ag Ways

Ag Ways

 Megan Yahnig, Alyssa Bayard, Shelby Drake, and Chris Oelke work on calculating the number of bushels of corn per acre at the Ag Ways competition.

By: Shelby Drake and Alyssa Bayard

Four students from the Midway FFA Chapter (Shelby Drake, Alyssa Bayard, Megan Yahnig and Chris Oelke) attended the 1st annual Ag. Ways event on September 6, 2014, at The Farm in Garden City. This event was a contest between several FFA groups that consisted of calculating bushels per acre for corn and soybean plants. Each participating group received $250 to go towards funding their FFA Chapter. Winners of the competition will receive a $1,000 cash prize, second place will receive $500 and third place will take home another $250. The results of the contest will be calculated and schools will be notified within the next month.

The students practiced the corn and soybean calculation process over the week prior to the competition. Mr. Austin Gray, the new Midway FFA advisor, felt that students “did an excellent job and worked very hard!”

Aside from the competition aspect of the day, students also had the experience of learning how the research farm operates. They got inside information about the farm’s new technology and plant growth serum.

One of the new technological advances was the drone, which enables the scientists to overlook the crops from above for data recording. They also have invented a method of medicating the crops to get a larger harvest in order to feed the increasing population.

This event was a good contribution to the Midway FFA Chapter and also a great experience for the participating students. The chapter hopes to compete again in this contest next year as well.