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Back to School and Hands-On Learning at the NDSCS Land Lab

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With classes back in full swing at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), agriculture students will have several opportunities for more hands-on learning at the Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab.

Related video: RDO Performs Field Trials to Share Learning Opportunities 

The Land Lab kicked off year two with planting in May. Like many farmers, the RDO Equipment Co. team experienced a delay to the planned schedule for planting due to weather. However, the trials are moving along and showing early indicators of results, something students will be able to see firsthand as they get back into the field.

Jacob Maurer, RDO Agronomist and one of the Land Lab’s leaders, says students in a variety of classes will be invited out for field days and various learning opportunities, including the crop and weed sciences, and precision ag classes. Additionally, the farm management class will have one of the first opportunities to learn from the trials and take actions.

“They get to use the Land Lab as real experience on how to predict yield and market a crop,” he explained. “At this point, they can begin to determine what the yields might be and start to place some hedges on the board.”


Follow along with RDO team members, @RDOJacobM and @RDOTonyK all season at the NDSCS Agriculture Land Lab, as they work to create learning opportunities for students and apply precision agriculture technology in a real-world farm setting.