Recently the Fredericktown FFA traveled to Oklahoma City to participate in the National Land / Ag Soils Competition. The team has been preparing hard since they won the state contest in October.
The Land / Ag Soil Judging Contest is an educational activity designed as a practical way to teach students to evaluate land to determine its best potential use. Land can be judged much like animals or crops. In judging crops, we look at the size, shape, and quality to determine which is the best. Similarly, when judging land, we look for clues that tell us how well the land can produce crops or be used for other purposes. Soil characteristics, climate, and topography are good clues to the soil’s capabilities, but close examination of the soil texture, structure, depth, permeability, reaction, degree of erosion, slope, drainage, and flooding potential are necessary to classify land into capability classes. In land judging, the major factors affecting how the land can be used must be determined. These factors are used to correctly recommend conservation practices and fertilizers for conserving soil. Land judging can help to: understand basic soil differences; know how soil properties affect crop growth; know why soils respond differently to management practices; realize the influence of land features on production and land protection; select suitable soil and water conservation practices; determine land capability class; and determine proper use and treatment.
After the contest was over the team enjoyed an awards banquet at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame where their very own, Jessica Small was named the 10th place individual in Land / Ag! Hannah Vaughn took 12th place individual too!
The team finished 15th overall! The top five teams in each state are eligible to compete. There were 165 teams in the events representing 33 states so overall they did a fantastic job! Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.