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Bill Fike

New Agronomy Teaching Garden Named for Dr. Bill Fike; Endowment Being Built to Support Garden

The Crop Science Teaching garden has a new home…at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Labs.  Faculty and technicians generously dedicated countless hours to prepare the new garden area and to plant corn, cotton, peanuts, soybeans, sunflowers, sorghum, tobacco, millet, and other crops.  The garden was maintained during the summer by Agronomy students Joni Williamson and Jackie James.    

Our vision for the garden goes way beyond just having crops to show our students.  It includes creating crop stresses to help develop problem solving skills for agronomy students.  By altering planting dates, irrigation schedules, herbicide usage, and crop rotations we can generate plants with various stress and injury symptoms.  We also will design an area where students can plant seeds and monitor plant growth throughout the semester.  Of course, one of Dr. Patterson’s favorite activities is to allow his non-ag students who have never planted a seed in the ground to experience first hand what it is like to grow a food crop.

This new teaching garden will not only be a valuable teaching aid for ag and non-ag students but it will carry the name of a man who touched countless lives, Dr. Bill Fike.  Many of you remember Dr. Fike as an energetic educator, a friend, and a mentor. Bill passed away in early 2008, and he is greatly missed. His energy, optimism and hearty, "You are #1!" are memories we all will cherish. 

You can help us show Bill -- wherever he may be looking down at us -- that HE is still #1!

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If you would like to make a memorial gift to Bill's Scholarship Endowment, you may click here.