OUTSIDE OF ARCO - When Wayne and Darlene Schreurs' cornfield caught fire early this month, they knew they'd have a lot of volunteer corn next year when they plant soybeans unless they used a corn-specific herbicide. But with help from Lincoln HI ag teacher Bill Delaney, they found a way to put the corn on the ground to good use.
"The neighbors were stalk chopping and hit a rock, starting a fire," Wayne Schreurs said. "I lost 64 acres."
What Delaney did was get the members and officers of the school chapter of FFA to organize students to glean the fields, picking up fallen corn cobs and feeding them through a combine.
Students from Lincoln HI turned out to glean 64 acres of Wayne and Darlene Schreurs’ cornfield outside of Arco after a fire burned the field in early October. The school’s FFA?chapter helped organize the efforts.
"They just started in a row with five-gallon pails and the loader came behind them," Delaney said.
The first group of students from grades 5-7 gleaned last Tuesday, Oct. 23, collecting more than 890 bushels.
On Wednesday about 137 students from grades 3 to 12 turned out and collected about another 700 bushels.
"Mr. Delaney asked one day if we wanted to do it," said senior Caroline Bunjer. "It was first offered to the FFA and National Honor Society."
The Schreurs were grateful to the school for all the help and donated the corn to the school. Proceeds from the sale will be used for tech education, and some will help support the community food shelf.
"I think the corn goes to the school for a mobile computer lab," said junior Jeff Gladis.
The Schreurs' neighbors contributed the use of tractors, loaders and their time.