CROPS – CORN-County Only Project
There is no 4-H class at the State Fair, but 4-H members may exhibit in open class.
A completed record sheet signed by your 4‑H leader must be presented, along with your exhibit, at project check-in at the fair.
This project is divided into three levels according to the following breakdown:
Level 1 Grades 3, 4, & 5
Level 2 Grades 6, 7, & 8
Level 3 Grades 9 and Above
- The crops projects offered by Fountain County are Corn, Hay and Forages, Small Grains (oats and wheat), and Soybeans.
- A grand champion and reserve grand champion will be named in each Crops project.
- If a poster is exhibited, it must be 22” x 28”, exhibited horizontally, and must have a firm backing and a transparent covering. Place a small label in lower right hand corner of poster with the following information: Name, Grade/Age, Club, Project and Level. Refer to “How to Prepare A Poster Project” in this handbook for details on preparing posters.
- It is recommended/suggested that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed or a lack thereof.
- If exhibit option #1 (three cornstalks) is selected for any level, the following requirements apply:
- One cornstalk is to have washed roots (no soil).
- The other two cornstalks are to be cut off at the top of the ground.
- Exhibit all cornstalks in one white 5-gallon bucket (Big R buckets). Logos on buckets are acceptable.
- Attach an information card to the exhibit, which will include:
- Variety or hybrid and number_______________
- Date of planting__________________________
- Maturity (early, medium, or late)_____________
- Kind and amount of fertilizer applied__________
- Width of rows____________________________
- Approximate population planted per acre______
Level 1: Exhibit one of the following:
- Three cornstalks 3. *Identifying Some Pests of Corn
- *The Parts of a Corn Plant 4. *Effects of Planting Depth on Corn Growth
Level 2: Exhibit one of the following:
- Three Cornstalks 4. *Know How to Read Pesticide Labels
- *My Own Corn Germination Test 5. *Making the Farmstead Safer
- *Effects of Weed Competition on Corn Growth 6. *The Role of Corn in Other Foods
Level 3: Exhibit one of the following:
- Three cornstalks *Plant Nutrient Deficiencies
- *Fertilizer Nutrient Calculations *Fertilizer Cost Comparison
- *My 4-H Corn Project Field’s Erosion Rate *My Corn Performance Trial Results
- *Cross-, Self-, and Open-Pollination Experiment *Last Safe Planting Date for Corn Hybrids
- *Best Tillage-Planting System for My 4-H Corn Project Field
*See page 4 in your manual for details.
Level 1: 4-H 672 Level 3: 4-H 674
Level 2: 4-H 673 Record Sheet: C4-H 626a