SD FFA star farmer says be open to learning

The State FFA Star Farmer in South Dakota says being open to learning new technology has helped him become more efficient in raising corn and soybeans.

Landon Roling from the McCook-Central FFA in Salem tells Brownfield he’s learned more about precision agriculture by attending local conferences and watching tutorials on YouTube. He says one goal is to become more efficient with fertilizer.

“Everyone wants to get the highest yield out of their crop and be aware of what they’re doing.”

Roling says the biggest lesson he’s learned on the farm is to focus on what can be controlled, instead of other factors like the weather.

After graduating high school, Roling plans to go to a technical college in Watertown, specializing in precision agriculture. He is one of four state star award winners from last week’s state FFA convention.

The State Star in Agribusiness is Ashley Bjerke from Sioux Valley, the State Star in Ag Placement is Ella Haven from Northwestern Area and the State Star in Agri-Science is Mason Pulse from McCook-Central FFA. Photo credit: Landon Roling

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