Projects, Contests & Activities

For additional information, consult the project chairperson: Mike Rethwisch, UNL Extension – Butler Co., 451 N. 5th Street, David City, NE 686332-1666; Phone (402) 367-7410; Fax (402) 367-3329; mrethwisch2@unl.edu

Production Project

To stimulate interest in growing and marketing horticultural crops (vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, flowers, and woody ornamentals).

Who Can Participate

15-18 and 19-22 years old; individuals or groups of two or more. This project report has two divisions, personal usage and commercial

Project Requirements

A written report (turned in through your state leader) and an informal interview at the NJHA convention are necessary. A state may enter only one individual and one group project in each age category for each division. Generally some group members will be unable to attend the convention but may be represented by another member of the group. The age of oldest member of the group will be used for proper age category.

The personal usage division includes home vegetable gardens, production for home canning operations and production of landscaping plants for personal usage. The commercial division is for projects where products you produced were actually sold. Consult the report format on the following pages for additional information.

Awards

National Award Winner -- Up to three reports in each of the two age categories are eligible to receive a medal in each division (personal usage and commercial). National Award Winners are eligible to return for competition the following year in the same age division of this project area. In the event that a report of sufficient quality is not entered, no National Award will be presented.

Grand National Award Winner -- One report in each age category is eligible to receive a medal for each division (home usage and commercial). A Grand National Award winner is not eligible for further competition in the same age group in the same division. For example a Grand National Award Winner in the 15-18 year old category for commercial may return the following year in the 19 to 22 year old category even though they may not be 19 years old. They may also enter the 15-18 year old age division for personal usage. In the event that a report of sufficient quality is not entered, a Grand National Award will not be presented. Grand national award winners may also receive a cash prize.


Sponsor:
Dr. James V. Parochetti
3713 Whispering Lane
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703) 642-7276
Email: jamesparochetti@aol.com

Report Format (Personal Usage)

1) Cover sheet - Name, age, date of birth, permanent address (and college address if applicable), telephone number(s), and name of parents.

2) Report including:

(a) Project Description should begin with a title such as "Home Vegetable Garden" List the goals for your project and draw a planting plan showing orientation, grade changes, and other important information. Include the crop(s) grown, varieties, acreage, planting dates, seeding rates/spacing, yield, and actual (or estimated) value; not to exceed 200 words (10 points).

(b) Project Costs should list all items of cost in detail for producing your crop(s). Where no actual outlay of money occurred, estimate the cost and mark it "est."; no word limit. A table showing costs for the various production aspects may be utilized (20 points).

(c) Production Practices include such items as soil testing, mulch, fertilizer, irrigation, and pest (insect, disease, weed, animal, etc.) control. List methods, dates, and rates; not to exceed 500 words (20 points).

(d) Harvesting and Use should include how and dates you harvested and prepared your crop(s) for use. Value of the crop when utilized (harvested, transplanted, etc.) for personal usage should also be included. This section should also answer: "How was crop used?" and "How was value derived?" This section should not exceed 300 words (20 points).

(e) Analysis of Project Describe how you would improve your project if you were to repeat it and cite what you have learned. Include information on varieties and production practices for your specific crop(s). Were your initial goals reached? What was the return (monetary value, satisfaction, quality of produce, etc.) per hour invested? This section is not to exceed 200 words (20 points).

(f) Supplemental Reports This is where you can include information and materials relating directly to your project not included in previous sections. This can be a word essay with photographs and captions about your project. Newspaper clippings may be included if available. Section is not to exceed 10 photographs and 400 words (10 points).

Download the Personal Score Sheet PDF

 

Report Format (Commercial)

1) Cover sheet - Name, age, date of birth, permanent and college address, telephone number(s), and name of parents.

2) Report including:

(a) Project Description should begin with a title such as "Commercial Cabbage Production." List the goals for your project and draw a planting plan showing orientation, grade changes, and other important information. Include the crop(s) grown, varieties, acreage, planting dates, seeding rates/spacing, yield, and actual (or estimated) value; not to exceed 100 words (10 points).

(b) Project Costs should list all items of cost in detail for producing and marketing your crop(s). Where no actual outlay of money occurred, estimate cost and mark it "est." Local rates for custom work minus the operator's wages should be used in estimating field costs. Include rent of land (usually figured at 7% of cash value of bare land); no word limit (20 points).

(c) Production Practices include such items as soil testing, mulch, fertilizer, irrigation, and pest (insect, disease, weed, animal, etc.) control. List methods, dates, and rates; not to exceed 500 words (20 points).

(d) Project Income Indicate the name(s) and address(es) and dates where your product was sold (ex.: Farmer's Market, 123 Main Street, Town, State; My own roadside stand, 456 Crossways Street, town, state). List amount of land in production (convert to an acre basis (43,560 sq. ft/acre) for standardi-zation of reports, fractions of acres are encouraged for accuracy in calculations), total yield, and yield(s) per acre, total receipts and costs, receipts and cost(s) per acre for the crop(s), total profit or loss, and profit or loss for each crop (if applicable). A table may be used for each crop if applicable. (NOTE: This is not a project to see who turns the greatest profit. It is an exercise in learning.) Include any other pertinent information such as produce grades, end use of your crop, and other production areas for this crop; not to exceed 300 words (20 points).

(e) Analysis of Project Describe how you would improve your project if you were to repeat it and cite what you have learned. Include information on varieties and production practices for your specific crop(s). Were your initial goals reached? What was the return (money, satisfaction, quality of produce, etc.) per hour invested? Section not to exceed 300 words (20 points).

(f) Supplemental Reports Include information and materials relating directly to your project not included in previous sections. This can be a word essay with photographs and captions about your project. Newspaper clippings may be included; not to exceed 10 photographs and 400 words (10 points).

Download the Commercial Score Sheet PDF

Entry Deadline

September 15.