Harvest Time! bESTology Week 15

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Harvest Time! bESTology Week 15

Image: wikipedia.com

Image: wikipedia.com

Thank you for participating in bESTology 2016. It is Harvest Time and time to reflect on the past 14 weeks of bESTology.

Remember, it is never to early to jumpstart your team’s preparations for Bet The Farm 2016. You and your team can begin:

  • writing your research paper
  • recruiting new BEST team members and organizing your team
  • creating marketing materials
  • learning agriculture terminology
  • building robot prototypes
  • understanding the impact of robots and automation on farming
  • designing your exhibit booth
  • practicing public speaking skills
  • creating giveaways for game day
  • developing a game plan for spirit & sportsmanship
  • and more…

To assist in your preparations, review the past 14-weeks of activities:

Week 1 Break New Ground

  • Introduction to farming and agriculture
  • Farm phrases
  • Evernote and the BEST Farm Journal
  • Consumable kit applications for the farm
  • Exploring the Cooperative Extension Service

Week 2 Let’s Talk Farm

  • Farming and agriculture terminology
  • Marketing and Business
  • Media

Week 3 Germination of Agriculture and Farming

  • Historic overview of farming and agriculture
  • Mind Mapping
  • Beef Basics

Week 4 – BEST Digs Soil

  • Soil and Science
  • Geology of the U.S.
  • Crop rotation

Week 5 Fields of Opportunities

  • Career choices and skill sets
  • Women in agriculture
  • Creating an organization chart
  • Meet your grocer and thank a farmer

Week 6 Comparing Apples to Oranges

  • America’s cash crops
  • Crop forecasts and economics
  • Impact of automation on crops

Week 7 Circling the Farm

  • Center Pivot Irrigation
  • 3-D printing
  • Pi and farming
  • Teamwork

Week 8 Plant Safety First

  • Safety protocols on a farm
  • Food safety
  • BEST practices for safety

Week 9 Seeds of Knowledge

  • Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
  • Value of bees
  • Svalbard Seed Vault

Week 10 Don’t Be A Pest

  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Fungicides
  • MSDS
  • EPA and regulations

Week 11 Robots Have Arrived

  • Farming sustainability and automation
  • Farm and agriculture robots
  • Farms of the future

Week 12 It’s Time to Grow Up

  • Vertical farming
  • Hydroponics

Week 13 When Pigs Fly! Or Do They?

  • Transporting livestock
  • USDA, U.S. State Department and foreign trade
  • Invasive species and imports
  • Freight rates

Week 14 Space: The Final Farming Frontier

  • NASA and commercial space corporations
  • Growing food on the International Space Station
  • Science and the cycles involved with farming on Mars

Enjoy our last few game hints and BEST of Luck during BET THE FARM!

Hint #1:

  • Does a BEST volunteer enjoy a BLT or ham sandwich while working on the farm?

Hint #2:

  • Does a BEST volunteer prefer an ear of corn or an ear of wheat?

Hint #3:

  • Does what goes up must come down?

Hint #4:

  • Let us give thanks for BEST volunteers!

Hint #5:

  • It may be windy in Kansas but not enough to slow down the volunteers who created Bet The Farm!

To download a PDF copy of Harvest Time – bESTology Week 15 – Click HERE

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