In the event of the 2018 food security competition in Bojonegoro District, students of the Faculty of Agriculture participated as the team of judges. This event is a form of cooperation between Widya Karya’s Faculty of Agriculture and Pupuk Kujang Ltd. as the event organizer. This year’s theme is “Optimization of Balanced Fertilizing to Increase the Productivity of Rice Plant (Oryza sativa L.)”. The competition was held from December to March. During the competition, the judging process was carried out twice on December 18-20 and on March 3-5, 2018.
Thirty-two students appointed as the judges were divided into 16 groups to assess the competing rice farmers in 16 sub-districts in Bojonegoro. There were several criteria of rice growth and maturation observed, such as plant height, leaf length, number of seedlings, number of grains, root length, and cropping patterns of each farmer. The event was a very valuable experience for the participating students: it gave them a great opportunity to connect with and directly observe the real-life conditions in the agriculture field