The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual Crops Show-Greenhand-Parents Night Program on Monday Nov. 11.

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter held its annual Crops Show-Greenhand-Parents Night Program on Monday Nov. 11. It was a chance for the families of FFA members to get together and recognize the efforts of the chapter's members and parents, while announcing the winners of the 2013 FFA Crops Show. The Greenhands (first-year FFA members) were also recognized. FFA members exhibited 634 samples of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, silage, haylage and miscellaneous crops at the 2013 Sleepy Eye FFA Crop Show.

The purpose of the crop show is to exhibit a sample of a crop that will be judged on appearance: uniform color and size as well as having no defects or unwanted debris. Making a crop sample for the show involves a lot of patience and attention to detail. The longer amount of time you spend preparing a crop sample, the more success you will have in the end.

After the crop show, the crops are stored until the county and state fairs the following summer. Last year, FFA members earned more than $3,700 for their efforts from the crop samples. The Sleepy Eye FFA chapter placed second in the crop show at the Minnesota State Fair in September of 2013.

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter would like to give a huge thank you to the crop show judges, who volunteered their time to score the crops, which is a time consuming activity. Judges included the following: Van Cunningham, Jason Cunningham, John Maas, Mike Sellner, Keith Lendt, Ben Seifert, Gary Hauser and Larry Baumgardt. Thanks also to Van Cunningham for donating some of the crops as well as the officers who brought crops to share with other members.

The results for the 2013 show are as follows:

Champions for 7th and 8th grade:

Shelled Corn: Parker NeidOats: Macy SchenkEar Corn: McKenzie CselovszkiWheat: Kaila DomeierSoybeans: Parker Neid.Champions for 7th-12th grade Forages and 9th-12th grade Grain included:

Ear Corn: Hunter RoseOats: Hunter RoseOther Hay: Ben ManderfeldWheat: Hunter RoseSoybeans: Hunter RoseHaylage: Natalie SellnerShelled Corn: Hunter RoseOther Silage: Austin FischerAlfalfa Hay: Hunter RoseMiscellaneous: Hunter RoseCorn silage: Hunter RoseThe top 10 overall for 7th and 8th grade included:The 7th and 8th Grade Champion - Jayden FischerReserve Champion - Jon Mickelson3rd Place: Parker Neid4th Place: Cassidy Hoffmann5th Place: Caleb Trebesch6th Place: Isaac Nelson7th Place: McKenzie Cselovszki8th Place: Colin Butenhoff9th Place: Kaila Domeier10th Place: Ben ManderfeldThe top 10 overall for 9-12 grade included:Champion of the Crops Show - Hunter Rose

Reserve Champion - Austin Fischer

3rd Place: Jamie Fischer4th Place: Natalie Sellner5th Place: Bethany Seifert6th Place: Austin Trebesch7th Place: David Jasso8th Place: McKayla Ashenbrenner9th Place: Savanna Christensen10th Place: Cassidy HackerThe 2013 FFA Crop Show was a huge success, and would not have been possible without the involvement of the community.