Williamsport, OH – Austin Wippel, son of Jay and Marci Wippel of Orient recently placed 1st in the state in the FFA Diversified Crop proficiency award area. The result was announced at the Ohio FFA State Convention held in Columbus, Ohio. The Diversified Crop Proficiency Award program is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members’ supervised agricultural experience programs (SAE) for members who have two or more different crop enterprises.
Wippel’s straw baling business is extensive and he has steadily built up an inventory that includes a tractor, baler, and automated stacking wagon. His use of smaller square bales and use of barn storage have allowed him to market his bales to horse farms. He has been selling to one of the horse farms for five years now and has built a reputation for a quality straw bale product.
Austin’s scope has steadily grown from his first year with 95 acres and 5500 bales to 390 acres and16000 bales in 2011 and 175 acres and 12500 bales in 2012. In addition, he has 15 acres of hay that he bales and raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 70 acres. He harvested 1539 bushels of soybeans in 2011 that he marketed at $15.50 per bushel. He also marketed 1035 bushels of corn and 1500 bushels of wheat in 2012.
A graduated senior, Wippel was an honor student who maintained a 3.4 GPA. He plans to attend the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and major in crop production. His advisors are Mr. Rick Metzger and Mrs. Rachel Scior. Wippel will compete in the National Proficiency award program this fall in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Westfall FFA Chapter is a satellite program of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center.
Picture caption 1: Austin Wippel with his state winning Diversified Crop proficiency award display during the Ohio FFA Convention.
Picture caption 2: Ohio FFA President Shelby Faulkner presents Austin Wippel with the 1st place state plaque for Diversified Crop Proficiency