Exchange Student Travels to Corn College

July 21, 2011 08:54 AM

Urban life met rural life when exchange student Lucas Scherpe attended Corn College with Michael and Patrick O’Leary from Minnesota.

Raised in a city in Germany, Lucas had never been exposed to the agriculture industry until three years ago when he was able to live with the O’Leary’s for a summer. While there, he was introduced to how corn, soybeans and hogs are raised.

Lucas decided to make a return trip back to the farm this summer and both Michael and Patrick thought Corn College would be another great learning experience for Lucas.

For some time, the O’Leary’s have been trying to plan a trip to Corn College. Despite enduring the heat, they both feel as though they have learned gain a lot of tips and techniques to take back to the farm.

What did Lucas think about his first Corn College? He felt that it was quite interesting and from not being from a farming background thought it was a great way to learn more about where our food comes from. 



Make Plans to Attend these Upcoming Corn College Events

Can’t make it to one of the Illinois Corn Colleges? Check these out.
Soybean College: Aug. 1 to 2., Coldwater, Mich.
With a large focus on in-field diagnostics, let Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer teach you the secrets to soybean production. This event will focus on fundamentals, soybean growth and take-home knowledge of how to raise better beans. World-record soybean yield farmer Kip Cullers will present a special breakout session. Click here to register.
Corn College “Fundamentals”: Aug. 3 to 4, Coldwater, Mich.
The Farm Journal Corn College Fundamentals session provides practical, hands-on training to help corn growers advance their production skills, increase yields and improve their profitability. This session is geared for the first-time Corn College attendee and will provide them with the core knowledge of how to use the Systems Approach on their farm. Click here to register


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