Despite the hot weather today, FFA members really pulled through! Today the members worked in the pumpkin patch weeding, spraying, cultivating, and even working on the Somonauk softball diamonds. The plants are really growing, and so is velvet leaf. Ms. Saso, Chapter Advisor, provided a field lesson on the difference between velvet leaf, and pumpkin plants, as they can look very similar. Once the velvet leaf was removed, we then sprayed the plants in the field for cucumber beetles. The Broom Corn field also got cultivated around the edges to keep the weeds down. Once finished, members took to the softball field to remove weeds around the softball diamond and dugouts.
Today was a hot one! 14 FFA members worked in the field today. They weeded and watered pumpkins. With the pumpkins growing fast, members had also moved the plants back into their rows. This makes defined rows. It also helps when going to pick the produce, and also so we do not have to step on the plants. Overall the field looks great.
FFA members where busy today! Today’s work day consisted of spreading 25 yards of mulch around the Somonauk Middle School and High School Complex. Members first weeded the areas, then used bucket loaders to help dump the mulch around school. For the more delicate areas, we used the gator to dump the mulch. From there, members used shovels and rakes to help spread the mulch. It took about 4 hours to mulch the complex. Great work FFA’ers!
Cooperative Update: The pumpkins are growing! We have no “pumpkins” yet, but the vines and plants are in bloom! We have been moving the vines back into their respective rows to create a more organized field.