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Left: The official judges of a contest from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Soil and Water Division placed samples of the surface and subsurface soils in buckets for members to use. Here, Matt Rupp picks up the soil from the bucket and judges its quality. This is done because soils can vary much in a small area. Right: Sophomore Jessie McWatters, a member of the Ag Soils team, ribbons the soil to see how it holds together and determine its texture class.– courtesy photos

Left: The official judges of a contest from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Soil and Water Division placed samples of the surface and subsurface soils in buckets for members to use. Here, Matt Rupp picks up the soil from the bucket and judges its quality. This is done because soils can vary much in a small area. Right: Sophomore Jessie McWatters, a member of the Ag Soils team, ribbons the soil to see how it holds together and determine its texture class.– courtesy photos

Several Pettisville FFA members participated in the District 1 FFA agronomy and soil judging Career Development Events on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The agronomy team of Kayla Wyse, Madeleine Wixom, Zach Morrison, Mauricea Crouch and Elizabeth Beck placed third.

In agronomy, the students have to identify insects, weeds, diseases and crops by looking at samples. They also did a team event on determining what is needed for a crop field and took a test.

There are two contests in soil judging, urban soils and ag soils. Students have to examine the soils in buckets and walk in a pit to look at the soil below the surface.

They ribbon the soil to determine texture and look at structure, drainage and erosion.

From those decisions they determine the best management practices to use on that site. All participants take a test and locate information in a soil survey.

The Urban Soils team of Brayden Barrett, Andrew Hulbert, Amy Jo Hitt, Isaac St John, Kearsten Zuver, and Blake Eyer placed sixth.

 

 

The Ag Soils team of Matt Rupp, Brett Coopshaw, Lexi Sauder, Graeme Jacoby, Jessica McWatters, and Jaton Zuver placed eighth.

The contest was held between Whitehouse and Waterville.– Drake McKeever, reporter




Graeme Jacoby, a Pettisville sophomore, throws back the soil when he is done examining it for texture determination.– courtesy photo

Graeme Jacoby, a Pettisville sophomore, throws back the soil when he is done examining it for texture determination.– courtesy photo

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