The Special Agronomy Project gives 4-H members the opportunity to experience a crop that is grown, was grown, or has the potential to be grown in Nebraska. The project allows 4-H members interested in agronomy to grow something fun, new, and different.

4-H members enrolled in the project will:

tool-gardening(nature-ecology)

Grow Something New

Members will receive a seed pack with the current year's focus crop.

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Learn Along the Way

Members will receive information about planting, growing, and harvesting.

gaming-flowers(video-games)

Exhibit the Fruits of Their Labor

Members are able to exhibit their project at the fair.

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Reflect on the Experience

Members complete an evaluation at the end of the year.

Get Started

  1. Enroll for the "PS: Agronomy (D) - Special Agronomy Project" through 4-H Online.
  2. Contact your local Nebraska Extension Office and let them know how many seed packets you need. If you do not contact your local Extension Office, seeds might not be available for you.
  3. Pick seeds up from your local county Extension office when the county tells you the seeds are available which should be around April or May.

2022 crop

Broomcorn Sorghum

The 2022 Special Agronomy Project is focused on the Broomcorn Sorghum. Broomcorn is a type of sorghum that started as a garden crop, but soon evolved into being grown for making brooms for the home. The plant is a coarse grass that gowns 6-15 ft tall. The top of the plant produces long fibers called the brush. Towards the tip of the brush is where the seeds appear. The seeds when immature are pea-green in color and when ripe are tan, reddish tan, or brown. Broomcorn can be used for ornamental uses in floral arrangements or harvested for broom-use prior to seed maturity.

2022 Project Newsletter

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

University of Kentucky Broomcorn Resource Purdue Broomcorn Resource

Fair Exhibits

Educational Exhibit class G750011

Educational exhibit based on what was learned from the project. Present information on a poster 14” X 22” either vertical or horizontal arrangement or in a clear plastic report cover. The 4-H member’s name, age, full address, and county must be on the back of the poster or report cover. Refer to Scoresheet SF259 Each display must have a one-page essay (minimum) explaining why the exhibitor chose the area of display and what they learned from their project. Include any references used.

Video Presentation class G750012

4-H exhibitor designs a multimedia presentation related to the crop. This could include narration of the growing process, presenting facts about the crop or any other innovative multimedia practices. The presentation should be at least 2 minutes in length and no more than 5 minutes in length, appropriate graphics, sound and either a video clip, animation or voice over and/or original video clip. Any of the following file formats will be accepted: mp4, .mov, .ppt, or .avi.

Freshly Harvested Crop class G750013

Plant exhibits must be the result of the current year's project. Depending on the type of crop selected for the current year:

  • Corn - 10 ears or 3 stalks (cut at ground level with no roots or soil and bound together)
  • Grain Sorghum - 4 stalks (cut at ground level and bound together)
  • Soybeans - 6 stalks (cut at ground level and bound together)
  • Small grains (oats, barley, wheat, triticale) - sheaf of heads 2 inches in diameter at top tie with stems about 24" long.
  • Other crops (alfalfa, millet, etc.) - sheaf of stems 3 inches in diameter at top tied with stems cut at ground level.

Supporting documentation (½ to 1-page in length) should include the following:

  • Economic Analysis and/or research that supports feasibility of this crop in Nebraska or how the crop has evolved over time.
  • Other topics to discuss are past/current commercial production of this crop. This includes: the selection of variety or hybrid, impacts of tillage and conservation practices, inputs (fuel, fertilizer, irrigation, labor, pesticides, etc.), any observations made during the growing season about this crop and what you learned from your crops project. This ½ to 1-page summary counts as 50% of the total when judged.
  • In addition to the summary, grain and plant exhibits will be judged on condition, appearance (i.e. disease and insect damage, grain fill), uniformity (size, shape, color, maturity), and quality of exhibit.

Don't Forget to Complete the Evaluation

Complete the evaluation no matter what happened! If every single plant lived, insects ate them off, or even if they all died, fill out the evaluation near the end of the growing season (around State Fair time).

Online Evaluation Form

Printable Evaluation Form

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