A year ago there wasn’t much to show, but this year’s test plots for the Wisner-Pilger FFA paint a much better picture. And the local group was eager to show off their fields on Monday.
The annual W-P FFA test plot night was held after a much improved growing season. The group grilled hamburgers with chips and pop for the public to get a firsthand look at what was happening in the fields.
Mariha Schweers gave the welcome and expressed gratitude for the support provided by the community. Mark Schroeder, FFA advisor, remarked that the yields are much better than last year with 14.8 inches of rain since May.
Sheets were passed out explaining the test plots for the corn and the bean fields. The expected corn yield is between 143.6 to 217 bushels to the acre. The beans are expected to yield between 52.62 to 59.80 bushels to the acre. Mr. Schroeder stated that the pod count is good. The later maturing beans are still green but there is approximately a month left before harvesting. It was explained that they planted ten varieties of corn and seven of beans.
The project is a joint effort of many individuals and businesses and is a positive learning tool for the agronomy students. The Wisner-Pilger board of education and Wisner Community Development Corporation donate the use of the land. Winfield Solutions and Central Valley Ag contribute to the success of the program by donating the seed, fertilizer and herbicide. Mark Schweers planted the corn and beans. Bernie VonSeggern planted the oats that were put up in bales just west of the school grounds and then sold. They have two and a half acres of corn and two acres of beans.
The profits from the plots are used for scholarships for the graduating senior members.