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BTC ag students to plant Monroe field
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MONROE - Blackhawk Technical College students in the precision ag class will use the college's new state-of-the-art dual hybrid planter to plant an 80-acre field at 1 p.m. May 11 at W5370 County DR, weather permitting.

This hands-on experience is made possible through a partnership between precision ag instructor Andrew Tucker and local farmers, the Gratz Brothers. and land owners Fran and Sandy Donny. The new planter was funded through a grant secured by BTC.

The students will plant the field, which then will be taken care of by the Gratz Brothers. AgriGold Seed donated almost $15,000 worth of seed for this project.

If the weather does not cooperate, the students will plant as soon as conditions are favorable. The students will leave a unique mark while planting, which can be seen from the air: the BTC and AgriGold logos. Tucker had a precision map developed for the field, so the students could plant a pattern creating the BTC and AgriGold logos with different varieties of corn plants. The logos, covering 20 to 30 acres, will be visible from the air throughout most of the summer and fall.