Archbold FFA members were involved in various soil judging contests in September and October.
Soils are the foundation for all things that take place in agriculture, so a lot of emphasis is placed on understanding the many properties associated with their use and management.
The Fulton County soils competition was located near Archbold on Sept. 20. Every school had a Rural and Urban Soils team for the contest.
The Urban Team evaluates soils for building basements; lawns, gardens, and landscapes; septic tank absorption fields; and driveways and local roads; and determines the appropriate management practices for each area.
The Rural Team judges soil based properties, land capability, land description, land uses, and recommended conservation practices.
Everyone in the Archbold chapter had the opportunity to attend the competition.
The Urban Team took first place at the county and district levels, while the Rural Team, after placing at the bottom of the county competition, responded with a third-place finish in the district.
Both teams advanced to the state competition on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Urban Team at the district competition was Ben Eggers, Ella Weaver, Kyle Wesche, Lauren Stuckey, Madison Campbell, Hannah Hesterman, Matthew Litogot, and Justin Lovejoy.
The Rural Team for the district competition was Matthew Kinsman, Bekah Eggers, Mackenzie Meyer, Lukas Rufenacht, Mitchell Hogrefe, Nick Wyse, CJ Brubaker, and Alex Weaver.
Both teams will be recognized at the District 1 FFA Banquet in April for efforts at the district contest, held Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Williams County Fairgrounds.– submitted by Meridith Short, FFA reporter, and Lauren Stuckey, FFA historian