What a Plant Needs Activity

In this hands-on activity, water beads of different colors represent the things a plant needs to grow and thrive.

Students put one of each color in a baggie with a seed and then watch is sprout!

Recommended for Grades 3-5.

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Farm Fresh Podcast: Love Your Nutrients

Check out the story behind the ‘Love Your Nutrients’ parody video and find out how farmers keep their nutrients for the crop with creator Drew Wieland.

Hear the Farm to Table segment every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. on WJBC Radio.

 

Farm Fresh Podcast: Fertilizer Feeds Plants

White "nurse tanks" are used to apply a form of nitrogen fertilizer called anhydrous ammonia to fields. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plants and anhydrous ammonia has the highest nitrogen content of any commercial fertilizer. Photo courtesy of Illinois Farm Bureau.

White “nurse tanks” are used to apply a form of nitrogen fertilizer called anhydrous ammonia to fields. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plants and anhydrous ammonia has the highest nitrogen content of any commercial fertilizer. Photo courtesy of Illinois Farm Bureau.

Ever wondered what’s in those white tanks you see out in farm fields during spring or fall? It’s a fertilizer – called anhydrous ammonia – that provides an essential nutrient to plants. Find out more in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast with local farmer Fred Grieder.

Grieder also serves as president of the McLean County Farm Bureau and shares a few thoughts on the Illinois state budget impasse.

Listen for the Farm to Table segment every Wednesday at 12:45 on WJBC Radio.