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FFA Agronomy Contest


  1. Test: 100 questions
  2. Time: 45 minutes
  3. Value: A total of 300 points
  4. Test will be made up of true or false, completion, multiple choice or essay questions. Questions will come from the study guide prepared by the Department of Plant Sciences.
  5. Examples:
    True or False
    a. Most noxious weeds are annuals.
    b. A stolon is an underground stem.
    c. Sandy soils will hold less water than clay soils.

    a. Buckskin is a variety of ______________.
    b. Round hollow stems are characteristic of a ______________.

    Multiple Choice
    a. Ergoty wheat shall be wheat which contains more than
         (1) 3.0 percent (2) 0.3 percent, or (3) 1.0 percent ergot.


  1. Judging will consist of one class of grass forage and one class of alfalfa forage.  
  2. Each class will consist of four bale flakes to be placed 1,2,3,4.  
  3. Fifty (50) points/class will be allocated.  
  4. The following scorecard will be used for each class:
    A. Leaf capture ratio of leaves to stems. A high percentage of leaves is desirable.
    20 points

    B. Texture-size of the stems - large stems may decrease quality.
    20 points

    C. Color-bright green color present. Weathering and exposure results in bleaching.
    10 points

    D. Maturity - seedbearing to immature. Maturity decreases quality.
    20 points

    E. Foreign material - weeds and debris.   
        noninjurious and injurious
    10 points

              Noninjurious: weeds, straw, etc.  
              Injurious: sandbur poisonous plants, bearded grasses  
    F. Purity - other forage or crop species
    10 points

    G. Condition - refers to soundness of hay  
           (sour, odor, moldy, excess moisture)
    10 points

    100 points
  5. The following shall be used in the contest:
    Place the letter corresponding to your placing opposite the appropriate class listed below
    a. 1-2-3-4
    b. 1-2-4-3
    c. 1-3-2-4
    d. 1-3-4-2
    e. 1-4-2-3
    f. 1-4-3-2
    g. 2-1-3-4
    h. 2-1-4-3
    i. 2-3-1-4
    j. 2-3-4-1
    k. 2-4-1-3
    l. 2-4-3-1
    m. 3-1-2-4
    n. 3-1-4-2
    o. 3-2-1-4
    p. 3-2-4-1
    q. 3-4-1-2
    r. 3-4-2-1
    s. 4-1-2-3
    t. 4-1-3-2
    u. 4-2-1-3
    v. 4-2-3-1
    w. 4-3-1-2
    x. 4-3-2-1

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