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IAITC FarmWeek Article 10/31/16

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016



FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.


Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.


Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]


**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.


Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions. 

Farmers Share BMPs

1.   In your own words, describe Best Management Practices for the farm.

(answers will vary)

2.  What does Bill Dunteman of Elburn in Kane County, mean when he says "we have to be stewards of groundwater." (answers will vary but should include something about taking care of water.

3.  Name the 4R Practices. (right source, right rate, right placement, right time)

4.  Describe strip tillage with a base rate of fall nitrogen using an inhibitor.  (Answers will vary but should include:  Strip Tilling is a conservation tillage practice that is being adopted by more and more farmers. Rather than plowing a whole field, strips are tilled, leaving some residue on the surface while still allowing a cleared space for the seed bed. Nitrification inhibitors are chemicals that slow down or delay the nitrification process, thereby decreasing the possibility that large losses of nitrate will occur before the fertilizer nitrogen is taken up by plants.)

5.  In your opinion, what are the most important environmental practices farmers in your area are practicing and should practice more often?  (answers will vary)

Bonus Article page 12

Exercising Judgement

1. What county is author Rhiannon Branch from?  (Marion) 

2.   Where will her team compete in June 2017?  (International Dairy Judging Tour in Europe)

3.  Branch credit her judging team with strengthening her decision making skills as well as public speaking.  What skill have you gained or seen others gain by competing in FFA judging competitions?  (Answers will vary)

4.  Branch is fortunate to recieve scholarship money to assist with college for participating on the judging team.  What ag related skills do you possess that might transition to college scholarship funds?  How are you going to pursue these potential funds? (Answers will vary)

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