Agriculture Students Launch Working Farm in Sikeston

by News Bureau on Thursday, May. 03, 2012

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 2, 2012 – Students enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University’s four-year agriculture program in Sikeston, Mo., launched a working farm operation at the regional campus May 1, sewing 25 acres of soybeans and soaking up real-world experience.

Students brought in their own farm machinery to disk, cultivate and plant the soybeans on University-owned property just behind Southeast’s Sikeston regional campus building at 2401 N. Main. MRM of East Prairie, Mo., donated the soybeans.

Students will perform experiments on the soybeans using canopy applied micronutrients, said Dr. Mike Aide, chair of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture.

The farming operation and undergraduate research setting are designed to be permanent additions at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston, Aide said.

Students involved in the working farm are: Seth Baker, Tyler Baker, Brandon Copeland, David Curry, William Deane, Matthew Johnson, Christopher Leible, Austin Littleton, Timothy Wade and Andrew Weeks, all of Sikeston; Jordan Reno of East Prairie, Mo.; Allen and Andrew Smith of Benton, Mo.; David Vangennip of Advance, Mo.; and Ethan Watkins of Oran, Mo.