ANNA — The Anna FFA recently competed in the district soil judging contest. This contest is designed for students’ to test different soil types.
There are two parts to this contest. There is agricultural soil judging and urban soil judging. In the agricultural contest, students evaluate soil for things such as slope, soil texture, living organisms, soil structure, depth of topsoil, and drainage. Students use observations to determine what types of management practices would be useful for that soil type.
In this contest soil is judged for the use of farming. In the urban contest sites are evaluated on its ability to support buildings and homes. They test for slope, flooding, soil texture, drainage class, and depth of bedrock. Contestants identify useful management practices specific to septic systems, buildings with basements, driveways, and lawn and garden settings.
Participating in the judging were Mary Landis, Kiplyn Rowland, Laney Rice, Josie Gehret, Lexi Koverman, Hope Bixler, Carly Koverman, Megan Meyer, Amber Zimpfer, Aubrey Hoying, Breann Reaman, Lauryn Wolters, Kaylie Kipp, Andrew Berming, Hayden Billing and Ryan Heitmeyer.
The writer is the Anna FFA reporter.