Anna FFA competes in soil judging contest

Staff report

ANNA — The Anna FFA recently competed in the district level soil judging contest. This contest is designed for students’ to test different soil types.

There are two parts to this contest — 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 is sites are evaluated for 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.

The students who participated at the district agricultural contest were Evan Dieters, Evan Argabright, Emma Meyer, Griffin Doseck, Jarred Seigle, Jacob Fogt, Ashleigh Jurosic and Lexi Wells. The students on the urban team were Travis Meyer, Isaac Cain, Taylor Schmidt, Erik Berning, Ashley Landis, Jordan Wells, Tyler Shiflett,and Olivia Maurer.

The rural team placed seventh overall. Evan Dieters lead the team with a total score of 569, placing 20th out of 201 students. The urban team placed 14th overall.

Staff report