Today's workday was a success for the cooperative. FFA members removed weeds from the patch and moved the pumpkin vines back into their rows. Weeds where removed from the aisles and pulled near plants. So far our pumpkins are growing great! With the weeds out of the way for this week, its prime time for the pumpkins to soak up some water and rays to grow and be ready for harvest this fall! The bees are also doing great. They are adapting to their new home very nicely. We are starting to see signs of honey in the hives. Its still early to tell if we will have honey this year available for sale. Overall, the cooperative this year is on the right track! We are appreciative to all members helping during our Motivated Mondays. The work is made short thanks to the great number of members in attendance at Motivated Mondays. Check out some of the pictures below from today!
Today the chapter got “pumped up”. The goal of today was to spray the field for Cucumber beetles. As part of this, we enlisted the help of the greenest member, the gator. First we headed out and weeded, and put the plants back into their rows. After that was done, we used the gator to spray the majority of the field. In the places where it couldn’t reach, we used the backpack sprayers to spray. The plants are getting big, and the bigger they are, the more area we need to cover. The chapter spent around 3 hours in total spraying in the field. Great work today!
**REMINDER, There is NO WORKDAY MONDAY, 8-6-12, due to the Officer Retreat!!**
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.