Fantasy Farming Featured in Tri States Public Radio

By Troy


This photo was taken over the summer, about halfway through the growing season.

We had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Rich Egger, a reporter from Tri States Public Radio (TSPR), this fall. Mercer County High School students were here for their field trip to see their plot, so Rich tagged along and got a firsthand look at the Fantasy Farming Challenge project.

Everyone – the Mercer County students and Rich – was able to see the aesthetic differences between the plots, and Rich watched as the students tried to estimate their plot’s yield. Mercer County’s plot results were just about average compared to the other school’s plots (you can see all of the results here), which means that some of their decisions were probably right on, and they could also see possible opportunities for improvement.

It was another great day. I truly enjoy the Fantasy Farming Challenge project, and spending time with the students and teaching them about agronomy is one of my favorite parts of my job. Take a few minutes to read the article and maybe hit play on the radio segment – you’ll be able to hear my goofy voice!


Troy is formerly a high school Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor who is passionate about teaching Agronomics, Ag Science, and Plant Biology. Now the manager of the Monmouth Learning Center, Troy has led the Fantasy Farming Challenge since 2013, helping hundreds of high school students to understand the choices farmers make against the challenges of weather, disease, weed management, and insect pressure.

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