On July 10, FFA student members, Zach Mickelson and Reagan Schwoerer, accompanied by high school agriculture teachers, Dan Kvalheim and Gwen Boettcher, shared with the DASD Board of Education the District’s Land Lab 2016 harvest results.
The DeForest FFA rents nearly 50 acres of farm land near Windsor Elementary School that is owned by the DeForest Area School District as an educational test plot. Approximately 15 FFA students and advisors met every week over the summer to analyze the rotational crops of corn and soybeans. Local seed companies donate seed for the plots. Students work with agronomists to learn how to grow successful crops and the stages of crop growth. Students identify seed varieties that are grown, identify the different types of weeds, make decisions on weed control, and check plant progress. They use risk management concepts and skills when selling the crops and earn money, which goes back to the DeForest FFA Chapter. They sell the crops to local businesses.
During their presentation to the school board, the students reviewed their Land Lab activities and shared the results of their soybean and corn trials. According to the students, the net income for 2016 was $20,284.80. Zach and Reagan explained that the income generated from the land lab allows funding so that FFA members can participate in activities with less financial concern.
Students presented Board President Jan Berg with a check for $6,085.44 as rent payment on the district property for 2016.