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Discussion Board - Re: Wheat Yield Contest

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dmiller

08-08-2014 19:54:35
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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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