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Discussion Board - Wheat Yield Contest

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dmiller

08-08-2014 10:28:14
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I'm a high school ag teacher.
I'm working on an idea this year to try and get kids more excited about agronomy.
I'm going to have them make a 12" deep, 2' by 2' box. We will then have each group grow a "field" of wheat. They will have to make management decisions (as we learn things throughout the semester) regarding seeding, water/fertility mgt. etc. and at the end of the time period we will hand harvest and weigh the "crop" to see which field did the best.
Any suggestions or thoughts on this??

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donjr

08-27-2014 20:08:48
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
Great idea, but like Mike said, wheat needs to 'vernalize' outside in cold weather to produce a crop. Contacting a local seed company or co-op may just net you the seed you'll need for the project. At harvest, you may also want to test your crop for moisture because of the differences in hybrids and problems caused by scab and other diseases.

Good luck.....



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Wemedeeres

08-21-2014 06:20:43
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
Sounds like a cool idea, I wish one of my teachers would have thought of that back when I was in school! I just hope you don't have some school bully come through with a baseball bat when the crop is getting ripe and say "whoops,..Hailstorm!!"



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dmiller

08-21-2014 14:57:55
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to Wemedeeres, 08-21-2014 06:20:43  
I hope so too.... but I suppose we'd just have to deal with it like in the real world.



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Mike Aylward

08-13-2014 19:31:04
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
Is this winter wheat? If so, you will have to put it outside to vernalize it. Otherwise, it won't yield nearly as much. Mike



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dmiller

08-15-2014 06:31:50
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to Mike Aylward, 08-13-2014 19:31:04  
no, even though we will be growing in the fall I plan to use spring wheat for the very reason you mention. They will be in the greenhouse so season will not matter.



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randallinMo

08-11-2014 06:32:21
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
I'm concerned that a 2x2 "above ground" box will be highly susceptable to winter kill of the plants. I'd be more inclined to plant the wheat into the ground "within" a 2x2 ft square...much less chance of winter kill. However, that then poses lots of other issues that you may or may not be able to work around.



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dmiller

08-11-2014 09:09:47
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to randallinMo, 08-11-2014 06:32:21  
They will be on tables in our greenhouse.



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Animal

08-10-2014 08:23:07
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
Good for you! What a wonderful project. I wish their were more teachers like you to teach our children.



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Larry NEIL

08-09-2014 10:21:43
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
Sounds like a great approach to agriculture to me. Good luck with it.



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kornfused

08-09-2014 07:11:49
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
cool idea



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levi

08-08-2014 17:28:52
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 10:28:14  
will you have different varieties for them to choose from. Will it be a straight up yield contest or a profit contest? sounds like a lot of fun



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dmiller

08-08-2014 19:54:35
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to levi, 08-08-2014 17:28:52  
Need to keep it fairly simple, they are mostly sophomores with little ag/plant science background. I plan to give them three choices on seed but let them research and do what they want with seed count/lbs per acre, spacing and depth. Choice one will be treated/certified (left overs from my grain drill). Choice two will be clean from this years crop. Choice three will be not cleaned (put a bit of trash/chaff in it).
I will give them some basic numbers as far as costs for the various operations go, but that too will be a bit simplified.
We will compare yield as well as profitability.

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Erik Ks Farmer

08-10-2014 08:32:24
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-08-2014 19:54:35  
D why not see if you can get a couple different varieties of certified seed donated? In my mind it would make it a whole lot more scenitfic and model a true field trial.



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dmiller

08-10-2014 21:14:45
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to Erik Ks Farmer, 08-10-2014 08:32:24  
I will have to see what I can come up with. Closest place to get certified that I know of is 40 miles away (I get mine there, but only once a year). I have about 20 lbs left in the bottom of my drill from earlier this spring, thought I'd try it. Any other suggestions on how to make it more realistic/experiential without getting too complicated or requiring too much background knowledge from the kids?

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JMS/.MN

08-11-2014 20:19:31
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-10-2014 21:14:45  
For the amount of seed you need, I"ll bet contact via letter, email, or a phone call to explain your project would get you a big enough sample sent free to you. In fact, the "writing" portion could be a student project by itself. Maybe have them do research first and explain to the seed dealer why they chose a certain variety.



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dmiller

08-12-2014 07:04:57
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to JMS/.MN, 08-11-2014 20:19:31  
I like it!!!



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JMS/.MN

08-12-2014 07:51:57
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 Re: Wheat Yield Contest in reply to dmiller, 08-12-2014 07:04:57  
Another concept.....have them ASK for a recommendation of a variety. Different strokes for different folks? Stroke the ego? They might go for a full-fledged plot test, along with the box project. Compare the data.



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