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; 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 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 that participated at the district agricultural contest were Evan Argabright, Emily Bertke, Maggie Steifel, Grace Maurer, Olivia Pulfer, Morgan Meyer, Lindsay McEldowney and Michaela Ambos. The students on the urban team were Melyssa Homam, Brad Axe, Luke Berning and Keith Berning. The rural team placed 12th overall.
Front Row, left to right: Lindsay McEldowney, Michaela Ambos, Grace Maurer