Students lend a cropping hand
Seeding is in full swing at the WA College of Agriculture, Narrogin, giving students hands-on experience in preparing, planting, maintain and harvesting crops.
Principal Stephen Watt says that between 450-500ha were dedicated each year to crops such as canola and oats on the college grounds.
“Students are involved in all stages of the seeding program, from preparation of the paddocks to stubble burning, spraying and seeding. Throughout the season they’re fertilising and harvest at the end,” he said.
“They get to see the whole process from preparation of the ground all the way through to storage and marketing of the grain.”
Theoretical and practical knowledge are crucial for the students’ learning of the process, which gives them valuable integrated learning in preparation of joining the work force, he said.
Mr Watt says that using new technologies was a significant part of this process. “We’re about exposing students to it, making sure that whatever new technology we’ve got is as close to industry standards as possible,” he said.
“That way when students go out into industry, they know what a GPS is, they know what auto-steer is, they have some exposure to all of those things.”
Andrew Jones, Vince Donaldson and Daniel Schilling during a lesson in the paddock.