Northeast Community College recently hosted the Nebraska FFA Equine Judging Contest. Eighty-one contestants took part.
Rob Thomas is studying agronomy and precision agriculture at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE, located 1,200 miles from his family farm near Johnstown, PA.
Bolt by bolt, piece by piece, a four-row planter gradually took shape over about five weeks as part of the spring semester Precision Agriculture Hardware class at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.
The 20 students, with guidance from instructor Chance Lambrecht, assembled the planter that features cutting-edge precision agriculture technologies.
Since 2016, members of Central Valley Agriculture Cooperative’s (CVA) Advanced Cropping Systems Team have annually conducted a spring planting clinic at Northeast Community College, using a specially designed six-row planter. During the 2018 clinic, Northeast students were engaged in identifying various planting problems, as well as troubleshooting these problems. Precision ag instructor Chris Burbach said the clinic “stresses to the students the importance of planting in optimal conditions – and patiently waiting for those conditions to occur.”
A medal and a pat on the back were what three Australian agricultural science students said they expected after emerging as the top judging team in a national crop competition.
Danyon Williams, Nick Grant and Tom Jeffery later learned the championship included an expenses-paid trip to the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference. This year’s event was recently hosted by Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Northeast Community College’s crops judging team proved its prowess in plant knowledge at recent regional competitions in Oklahoma and Kansas. Northeast claimed the second-place sweepstakes plaque at the Kansas State University contest and the third-place sweepstakes title at an event hosted by Oklahoma Panhandle State University.