WCS Livestock Production Farm Harvesting Rewards

Ag Community Support Continues at Weakley County Schools Farm
Posted on 10/05/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Ag Community Support Continues at Weakley County Schools FarmLike most farms in the fall months, life on the Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm is in both harvesting and preparation mode. Thanks to members of the local agriculture community and hard-working students and farm staff working together, those activities are a little less costly on both backs and billfolds this year. Students and farmers are also reaping a lot of knowledge.

One recent big improvement at the WCS Farm was road improvement. Three truck loads, approximately 65 tons of Class A rip rap, and 2 loads, approximately 50 tons of chert, were installed in the crossing in the lower 13 acres of the farm. Future ag teachers in Dr. Will Bird’s University of Tennessee at Martin class were observing Dresden High’s Jason Kemp that day and got to see the progress made by Bruce Slusser, the equipment operator for the Weakley County Highway Department.

Last week, fertilizer was donated and applied by Michael Jenkins of Nutrien of Union City for the pasture ground at the farm. Hal Bynum, seed marketing manager for Western Kentucky and Tennessee and a longtime FFA supporter, secured the donation and said he was “happy to help with the project.”

On Monday, Jason Brigance, Agronomy Products Manger with Weakley Farmers Co-op, was overseeing data collection as Jamie Crockett and Nathan Bradford, UTM farm managers, harvested corn that will serve as winter feed for WCS Farm livestock.

“With this harvest, we see all the financial and time contributions coming together,” noted Lindsey Parham, Career and Technical Education Supervisor. “The Weakley Farmers Co-op donated the corn seed and planting. UTM equipment and labor are doing the harvesting. Data collected will be analyzed by UTM and Weakley County Schools students as well as shared with local producers. This project is a win/win/win.”

improving roads
Improving pathways assist in the current expansion of activities on the Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm. Dr. Will Bird’s University of Tennessee at Martin class got to observe the progress made by Bruce Slusser, the equipment operator for the Weakley County Highway Department, to secure a crossing in the lower 13 acres of the farm. Students who were observing Dresden High teacher Jason Kemp are (from left to right) Olivia Lock, Virginia Laflamme, Emma Corson, Brianna Reames, MJ Strasser, Madison Johnson, Tanner Webb, and Anysa Dodson.

students observing fertilizing
Dresden ag students observed Michael Jenkins of Nutrien of Union City as he fertilized the pastures at Weakley County Schools Livestock Production Farm. Those observing include (from left to right) Sara Sumner, Rebecca Chesser, Karrigan James, Eva Stafford, Marissa Harrison, Matt Cook, Natie Crowley, Mavree Craig, Corey Helfer, Grant Randolph, and Ethan Barker.

students learning about crop analysis
Shown here are students participating in collecting and analyzing the data from the harvest of test plots planted by Weakley Farmers Co-op. Learning from the Co-op’s Jason Brigance are (left to right) Jesse Randolph, Kendall Brewer, Annika Jolley, Gavin Cooper, Trey Eddings, Trey Adams and Noah Lozano.