Twenty-three schools in the District 1 area recently participated in the District 1 Soil Judging Events.
Area soil and water technicians prepared soil pits and conducted the contest.
The FFA soils contest includes rural and urban. These contests are an extension of their classroom learning and prepare students to evaluate land and soil to determine its potential use.
In the rural contest, students evaluate the land on slope, erosion, texture, natural drainage, land classification and recommended conservation practices. Placing first was Wauseon, second was Pettisville, third was Delta and fourth was Otsego.
Individual top finishers were: first place – Braxton Going, Wauseon; second place – Daniel Hite, Wauseon; third place – Anna Divis, Otsego; and fourth place – Zeph Siefker, Wauseon.
In the urban contest, students evaluate the land on slope, flood hazard, soil stability, water table and bedrock depth. Placing first was Evergreen, second place was Pettisville, third place was Delta and fourth place was Genoa.
Individual top finishers were: first place – Nicholas Smithmyer, Evergreen; second place – Carson Bennett, Pettisville; third place – Kelsey Bennett, Pettisville; and fourth place – Hannah Barnes, Delta.
Both contests include a written exam. The students were happy to participate in person this year, even in the mud! The Ohio Soils Contests took place Oct. 9th in Delaware County. The top two district teams participated.
CDEs are an extension of the local agricultural education classroom and serve as an authentic application of the curriculum in which students are instructed. Through agricultural education and the FFA, amazing opportunities exist for FFA members. With over 300 careers in agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources, FFA members can look forward to unlimited success. They are future chemists, business owners, politicians, community leaders, veterinarians, farmers, and teachers. The skills obtained through FFA will serve a student for life.
(Information courtesy of Pettisville FFA.)