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.
Mitchell Farm has been a leader in the use of automation in farming operations and has pioneered quality testing of field operations that uses satellite imagery, genomics, artificial intelligence, software, and hardware.
Kreg Schlautman serves as a student worker at the Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex on the Norfolk campus. In addition to supervising other student workers, he helps prepare the building for events, cleans and performs maintenance.