The goal behind FFA and agriculture instruction is to help teach skills. Dayna Newman, Fountain City, is taking skills she's learned at home and fine-tuning them as an FFA member at Northeastern Wayne Jr/Sr High School. Her FFA advisor is Jason Roll.
Dayna's dad, David, allowed her to ride along in the combine and learn how to operate it at an early age. Today she can operate it by herself. Sometimes her dad rides in the cab with her. But sometimes she operates the John Deere 7720 Titan with a six-row corn head on her own. From a distance you certainly can't tell if the operator is male or female, young or old.
It's just something she enjoys doing, and has for a long time, she notes. Her family farms just outside Fountain City in Wayne County. She has become adept at operating the controls on the older machine and guiding it up and down the rows by hand, without the aid of modern devices, such as auto-steering. The combine she drives is not equipped with GPS.
Her dad quips that as she moves further into school there are more distractions, like volleyball and other things that keep her out of the combine cab, he still appreciates when she can be home and help him in the field.
David Newman finished his corn harvest this fall, and recently ran the corn plot for the Northeastern Wayne High School FFA. The plot is located just outside Fountain City, just across the road from land that Newman farms. The test plot contains multiple entries from various companies. Newman opens the field and shells off of point rows, then goes to work on the plot. Students help record data so that they can compare one hybrid to another. They also prepare final reports for the companies that entered hybrids in the plots.