HAYS, KS -- Three field trips were taken by two Department of Agriculture classes at Fort Hays State University during the latter half of April.
The Soil Fertility and Fertilizers class went to Big Creek's Fertilizer plant on April 24 and received a guided tour of how liquid fertilizer, pesticides and seed are handled. Dr. Jean Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture, and the following students attended: Brian Bauck, Leoti senior; Tom Bowler, Hays senior; Johann Buck, Plainville junior; Jeremy Carder, Hoxie special student; Steven Marcy, Leoti senior; Jeff McCaskey, Isabel senior; Brendon Pishny, Garden City senior; Chris Tecklenburg, Scott City senior; and Toni Wesley, Lake City senior.
Other students from the same class also went to Servi-Tech Laboratories in Dodge City on April 27 and received a guided tour of how samples of soil, water, feed and manure are analyzed. Gleichsner and the following students attended: Scott Divis, Lewis junior; Mark Maskus, Hays junior; and Guy Terrell, Kirk, CO, senior.
The Home Horticulture class went to the Tomato Factory in Plainville on April 26 and received a guided tour of the greenhouses to see how tomatoes are grown hydroponically. Gleichsner and the following students attended: Kristi Darnall, McCook, NE, senior; Chris Irvin, McCracken senior; Laura Johnson, Chapman senior; Mike Meeker, Wellington junior; Shane Ohlde, Palmer junior; Pishny; and Amy Schmidt, Geneseo senior.