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Virtual field trips

Join a live video chat or request a link to watch a pre-recorded field trip at your convenience. All you need is an internet-connected computer, webcam, and microphone.

Fall 2018 Virtual Field Trip: Water Quality

Friday, Oct. 5 at 1 pm

Learn how farmers are working to effectively manage crops and apply nutrients to improve water quality.

Meet an Ohio soybean farmer and see one of three intensive water quality research farms in the state. Science and data from these farms will help determine which crop and nutrient management practices are providing the best results in reducing stress on our waterways.

You’ll also hear from a precision agriculture expert about how technology allows farmers to precisely manage their crops, resulting in more efficient, effective and less harmful practices in efforts to improve water quality. Experiences during this trip include:

  • View a live bean field and plants to see how the growing season and nutrient management has affected the crop
  • See the monitors and mechanisms in place on the research farm and learn what practices are being tested to help the agriculture industry measure the impact of various practices on water quality
  • Learn how field mapping and other precision agriculture technology and equipment is helping farmers micromanage their crops
  • Learn the “4Rs” of nutrient management and how they help farmers improve our water supply

Fall 2018 Virtual Field Trip: Elementary Harvesting

Friday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

Students will connect directly with an Ohio soybean farmer for a live conversation and question and answer session, where they’ll learn:

  • The stages of soybean growth, and how farmers know when they are ready to harvest
  • How combines and other equipment work to harvest crops during a live ride-along
  • How and where soybeans are stored and transported after they are harvested
  • What happens to beans after the harvest
  • The many uses for soybeans

*Note: Due to the unpredictability of weather and its effect on harvest work, this trip may be moved to another date the week of Oct. 22-26. Teachers registered for this trip will be alerted to any changes in the schedule.


Fall 2018 Virtual Field Trip: Middle/High School Harvesting

Friday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

Students will connect directly with an Ohio soybean farmer for a live conversation and question-and-answer session, where they’ll learn:

  • The stages of soybean growth
  • How farmers manage their crop during the growing season to encourage higher yields while minimizing negative environmental impacts
  • How combines and other equipment work to harvest crops during a live ride-along
  • The logistics of soybean storage and transportation after harvest
  • Global markets and trade as they relate to soybeans
  • The versatility of soybeans

*Note: Due to the unpredictability of weather and its effect on harvest work, this trip may be moved to another date the week of Oct. 15-19. Teachers registered for this trip will be alerted to any changes in the schedule.

Great soybean-related resources for your students

Standards addressed

4th Grade Social Studies

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Social Studies

5th Grade Science

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