2018 FFA Fantasy Farming Challenge in Iowa

Trial Objective:

  • Since 2016, the Bayer Learning Center in Huxley, Iowa has engaged the Iowa FFA community in a farming contest dubbed the Fantasy Farming Challenge. The program allows students to make key decisions for a plot of corn to produce the highest yield and/or the highest profit.
  • The students select several real-life crop production management decisions, each with an associated cost. The Learning Center plants each FFA chapters’ plot utilizing the selected management inputs. FFA Chapters are invited to the Learning Center to see their plot and learn about Bayer Crop Science and the many opportunities within agriculture.
  • At the end of the 2018 season, each plot was harvested and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes were awarded for the highest yield and/or the highest profit.
  • In 2018, 25 chapters participated in the program.

Research Site Details

  • Each chapters’ management decisions are shown in Table 1.
  • Each plot was planted in 30-inch row spacing, 6 rows per chapter, and 375-ft long strips.
  • Weed management was the same across all plots and consisted of a pre- and post-emergence program.

Understanding the Results

  • Congratulations to our 2018 winners (Figure 1).
    • Yield Winners
    • 1st Wilton ($1,000.00)st Wilton ($1,000.00)
    • 2nd Diamond Trail ($500.00)
    • 3rd South Winneshiek ($250.00)
    • Net Profit Winners
    • 1st Wilton ($1,000.00)
    • 2nd Diamond Trail ($500.00)
    • 3rd S.E. Polk ($250.00)
    • 3rd Gilbert ($250.00)
  • We look forward to another exciting program in 2019.



What Does This Mean For Your Farm?

  •  Each growing season presents its own unforeseen challenges that make some well-intended decisions fall short. We hope students appreciate the challenges our farmers face each year.