The Merlin 4-H Field Crop Club Holds First Meeting
By: Abby Pepper
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00 am the Merlin 4-H Field Crop Club met for their first meeting of 2018. The meeting was held at the Sullivan’s house.
The meeting was started off with a mixer activity in which all members and leaders had to share something that about themselves and then the group had to guess if it was true or false.
After the mixer activity, the group was asked a roll call question “Name a crop that you see farmers growing?” Answers included sugar beets, soybeans, corn, alfalfa, peppers, strawberries and tomatoes. After roll call was completed, we reviewed the guideline of being a 4-H member.
Gerry Sullivan, one of the group leaders, introduced the special project for the 4-H group this year. We will be setting traps to see if we have any Western Bean Cutworms in our area. Gerry discussed how the traps work and how much damage the Western Bean Cutworm does to our fields. The group will be testing traps and seeing if their fields have any Western Bean Cutworms, on the 3rd or 4th week of July and will stay in the ground for 2 to 3 weeks. Bob Thurwell from Glencoe supports the Western Bean Cutworm traps.
Shaun Sullivan gave the 4-H group some tips about judging. We then judged facecloths. Some things that the group had to look for were the size, smell, cleanliness and the condition of the cloth. A few of the members gave their reasoning’s to Shaun.
The group then discussed possible educational tours and our “Me Pages.” The group members voted on a club name “Thee Merlin Amazing Aggie’s”.
After the club name was voted on, the nominations were then open for the executive positions. The positions were voted on and the results were:
· President – Ben Rhodes
· Vice President – Abby Pepper
· Press Reporter – Abby Pepper
· Secretary – Oliver Brady
The meeting was adjourned and Abby Pepper thanked the Sullivan’s for hosting the meeting.
Merlin Community 4-H Press Reporter