(Oakland) The Riverside High School Vocational Agriculture Class received some hands on farming experience this past spring and fall.
Ag Instructor Sherm Rhoten led his class of 10 students through a crop season on a 67-plot of land owned by the school district. It was purchased as a future site for a new school, which will be voted on again this December.
“It has been an amazing experience,” stated Rhoten. “It is great to have a place to take the students out and get a look at how things work.”
Rhoten says he was a little concerned after the dry weather settled in. But, the corn averaged about 124-bushels to the acre which kept the program in the black.
“I am not sure about the students, but I was starting to sweat it,” Rhoten said. “As a school organization they would not allow us to have crop insurance, so I was starting to get a little worried, but it ended up okay.”
Sherm Rhoten thanks Pioneer for providing the seed, and A & M Green Power for providing the equipment…the farming operation turned a profit. The school board financed the chemical and fertilizer which the class paid back in full, including interest.
If the bond issue passes the proceeds from the farm will be used to build a greenhouse and livestock facilities on the 67-acre site. Rhoten says the Ag Class would still have 25-acres to operate on.
November 6, 2012