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Ag program grows minds

By Jeff Sigmund
On October 23, 2018

Kirkwood Community College’s ag students are currently harvesting corn in the college’s 300-acre field.  

According to Director of Agriculture Sciences Cydney Lovell, “For two years running, the Ag Sciences department has been awarded the title of number one in the nation, for 2016 and 2017, for the greatest number of graduates.”  

Students in the Ag program not only complete classroom studies they also operate a student-run working farm where they participate in labs.  

Sophomore Ag Production Management student Michael Ahrendsen said, “Labs are just like doing chores, they have to get done for the cattle to eat.” There are approximately 275 head of cattle on the farm. 

In addition to classroom and farm work, students also have the opportunity to learn by using new technology. In 2016, Kirkwood became the first two-year college to add a combine simulator to its Ag program.  

According to the Kirkwood website, “The Kirkwood ag campus includes 600-acres of working farm, 6,000 square feet of greenhouse, prairie and wildlife areas, a farrow-to-finish swine education center, a cow-calf operation, a vineyard, a par 3 golf hole, turf labs and a GPS/GIS technology center.”   

Taking in the Fall harvest from the test plot. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Blake Pleng freshman Agricultural Geospatial Technology test the moisture of the corn to see if it can be put into the dry bin
to sell directly to ADM. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Students of the Agriculturl Pdoduction Management - Swine look over some of the stock at the Mansfield Swine Education Center.
PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Some of the cattle from the feedlot enjoying ernests grai mixture. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Michael E Sophomore Agricultural Production Management loads a mix of grains to feed the cattle.PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Pleng bringing in corn from the field and onto the scales to be weighed. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

After the corn was tested it was unloaded to the dry bin.PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

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