EAST AMWELL, N.J. - A total of 22 farmers entered items in the Farm Crops Show held at the Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair.
They competed in the following categories: grain, hay, straw, corn, soybeans, sunflower and sorghum.
In the grain division, Tom Zeng of Raritan Township placed first in winter barley; Greg Manners of Ringoes placed first in spring oats; Everitt Farms of Ringoes placed first in wheat (red) and first in soybeans (yellow). Wesley Bodine of Stockton took first in shelled corn.
Hay division classes were alfalfa, grass, clover and timothy. Jared Weeks of Raritan Township placed first in first- cutting alfalfa; The alfalfa (subsequent cutting) prize went to Connor Perehiny of Stockton and alfalfa-grass mix honors went to Isaac Zeng of Raritan Township.
Wesley Bodine placed first in ladino and grass mix and annual hay (subsequent cutting) Hun Val Farm of Ringoes took first with its entry of first cutting red clover/grass; Other cutting, annual hay and grass hay (subsequent cutting) prizes went to Mark Bodine of Stockton.
David Pinkerton of Kingwood topped top honors in first cutting orchard grass while Jake Lauber of Alexandria won with his orchard grass (subsequent cutting).
Timothy hay division top ribbon went to Mitchell Jones of Washington.
In the straw division, first in wheat straw was taken by Jared Weeks of Ringoes while top honors for rye straw went to Irvin Hockenbury of Raritan Township.
Corn classes winners were tallest stalks, taken by Wesley Bodine of Stockton, 12 feet, 7 inches and tallest stalks of hybrid field corn (open pollinated) Tom Zeng of Flemington, 12 feet, 6 inches. Zeng also placed first in the soybean category, with a sheave of 4 feet, 8 inches.
In the Tallest Sunflower Class, St. Joseph's Church of High Bridge placed first with a 13-foot sunflower. The Tallest Sorghum winner was Al Rogrovin with an entry of 11 feet, 3 inches.