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AG Communications Highlights from the Year

Ag Business Guidance/Tillage Demonstration
by: Josh Fischer

On November 4th, our FFA chapter borrowed a tractor from Beard Implement and a ripper from Roegge Farms to in-line rip the FFA plot. Brad Walker, the AFS (Advanced Farming Systems) specialist from Beard Implement came out and talked to the Ag Business class about guidance, and how to use it. After teaching the class about it, Brad took the students out to the tractor, where he showed them all of the components on the tractor that are related to the Auto-steer. Several of the students then rode with FFA member Josh Fischer in the tractor. One of the riders, Justin Gregory, said “it was a great learning experience for some of the kids that have never been around that kind of equipment.”                       


Land Use CDE
by: Isaac Werries

Earlier this fall, the FFA chapter made the trip to White Hall for the Section 13 Land Use CDE.  With an outstanding effort, the participants rallied to bring home the first place plaque.  Brooke Job, Gannon Greene, Matt Privia, and Ryan Hancock took four of the top five spots at the competition.  Components of this contest include climbing down into a pre-dug hole to determine the soil texture, quality, color, drainage, and other soil factors.  There is also a math segment, where the slope of the surveyed area has to be calculated, along with a formula that determines the most practical tillage practice for that land. It takes a keen eye and knowledge about soil, and apparently Triopia students know their soil.  The FFA chapter has come out on top two out of the last three years.  Gannon Greene, a top contender at the competition, said “I learned a lot at the Land Use competition, it was a very valuable experience.” He, along with others, represented Triopia well.

Members Attend Dairy Products CDE
by: Rebecca Stambaugh

On December 2nd, 2015, the Triopia FFA class attended the Section 13 Dairy Products CDE in Calhoun. This contest requires students to compete in six main areas. These areas include classifying various types of cheeses, identifying milk and milker head unit defects, distinguishing between real and artificial dairy products, completing a written dairy quiz, and preforming the California Mastitis test –a test that determines the presence and severity of mastitis in milk. Overall, the Triopia Greenhand team accomplished a 4th place win, as well as the Triopia Varsity Team, also placing 4th.  This contest was considered a success by all who attended. In the individual categories for the Greenhand team, Adam Kleinschmidt placed 6th with a total score of 112, and Hannah Werries placed 9th with a score of 116. In the individual categories for the Varsity team, Katie Rutledge placed 8th with a total score of 108, Emily Fanning placed 9th with a score of 109, and Lane Rahe placed 10th with a score of 109.

Teams Do Well at Agronomy CDE
by: Gannon Greene

The Triopia FFA Chapter fared well at the Section 13 FFA Agronomy CDE this fall, hosted by the Greenfield FFA. Students who attended identified crop seeds, pest weeds, and harmful insects, as well as judged samples of multiple crops. The chapter has had success in this event in the past, with the Greenhand winning their contest last year, and the Varsity placing second in 2013.  Our varsity placed third out of the seven teams competing. Ryan Hancock was Triopia’s top performer scoring 427 out of a possible 450 points. The 5 Varsity team members tallied a total of 2003 total points. In the Greenhand division, the team marked up 1133 points, enough to place fourth. The Triopia Freshman leader was Kira Sayre, with 406 of her team’s points.

Students Compete at Section Forestry CDE
by: Justin Gregory

On October 1st, the Triopia FFA attended the Section 13 Forestry CDE at Pittsfield Lake. The components of the contest included a general forestry  knowledge exam, map reading, tree measuring, tree ID, timber stand improvement, forester tool ID, chainsaw part ID, and chainsaw trouble shooting. Triopia’s varsity team placed fourth with Lane Rahe placing 9th place individually. The Greenhand team placed 3rd with Haley Miller placing 8th and Connor Bridgewater coming in 10th place individually. This contest helps demonstrate the importance of maintaining timber as lumber is a commodity, so we must manage the timber as a crop.           

FFA Plot
by: Whitney Warden

The 2015 soybean harvest went well for the Triopia FFA. The plot is located on the north side of the school. The average yield was 60 bushel per acre. We did a trial using the ILeVO treatment and it tested 61 bushel per acre. Due to the lack of conditions for Sudden Death Syndrome, no significant yield difference was noticed.  A big thank you to Beard Implement for the use of the combine and to the Meyer family for the use of the draper head.  We would also like to thank Sunrise Ag for supplying the inputs to complete our trial. With the 2015 harvest season over, we look forward to next year with what we hope will be an even better year. 


National Convention
by: Caitlin Glick

Six students of the Triopia FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention on October 28th through October 30th in Louisville, Kentucky.  The convention was held at the Kentucky Expo and Convention Center. The National FFA Convention is the largest youth conference and convention in the United States.  Our very own FFA members, Joshua Fischer, Emily Fanning, Jessica Medlock, Austin Smith, Levi Job, and Andy Talkemeyer went and experienced the  National Convention. “The career show was my favorite part of the convention.” –Joshua Fischer. Another FFA member, Emily Fanning said, “One of my favorite things was going to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum.” Along with the experience of National Convention, you also have the experience to see things you might never get to see. National Convention is a great opportunity to learn many new skills for life and learn how to succeed.    



Special Thanks to This Year’s FFA Foundation Donors


Arends Awe

Bill’s Service

Brockhouse Service and Sales

Burrus Hybrids

Chapin Farmers Elevator

Chapin State Bank

First National Bank of Arenzville

Lomelino Sign Company

Schnitker Trucking

Sunrise Ag

Wessler Brothers Insurance


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