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Test Plots Celebrate Two Decades at Corn College Events

August 6, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director
 
 

The Farm Journal Test Plots were founded by Ken Ferrie and Charlene Finck to help farmers raise more bushels. Twenty years later, that mission is the driving force behind the effort.

The Farm Journal Test Plots are a one-of-a-kind program in the industry. The project brings together companies including machinery, input, technology, and more. Farm Journal presents the results in the magazine’s pages. The first test plot was to study soybean row spacing and populations. Today, the plots are organized by Ferrie and Missy Bauer to study all aspects of corn and soybean production.
Many flags have been placed and many long days have faded into dark at the edge of fields. It is not without a great investment of time, effort and expertise, that the program has been able to continue to grow.
The Farm Journal series of Corn College events was born from the plot program. It was farmers’ requests for more access to Ferrie and Bauer that led to the hands-on Corn College (and now Soybean College, Wheat College and Planter Clinics).
In late July at Corn College, Ferrie was presented with a brief slideshow but much appreciation for his contributions to advance agriculture forward.
This past week, at Corn College Fundamentals in Michigan, Finck was surprised with a presenting acknowledging her vision and commitment to the test plot program and serving farmers’ information needs.

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