The Fredericktown FFA chapter sent two teams to the District 7 Soils Competition. The event was held recently at Mt. Oval Historical Farm in Pickaway County, Ohio.
This contest consists of two parts, a written exam and soil evaluation. The exam tests participants knowledge of soil practices, statistics regarding Ohio’s soil, and other soil-related topics. Contestants must also evaluate 3 soil pits in terms of drainage, texture, structure and other key factors. They also take measurements for the slope of the area, the depth of topsoil, and any other necessary information. Using their evaluations, they then determine what uses each pit would be best for and decide on any management practices that should be exercised.
The Urban team will evaluate their pits for Urban purposes and if they could install a building with a basement, what septic system to install, manage the property for lawns, gardens, and landscaping, and driveways and local roads. The Rural team will evaluate their pits for agricultural use and will need to determine the proper crop rotation, how to reduce erosion and compaction, and how to maintain water quality as well as improving soil fertility.
Both the Urban and Rural Soils Judging Teams did very well. There are 22 schools in District 7.
The rural team placed 6th place and barely missed qualifying for the state competition. The Urban Team swept first place and qualified for the state competition.
Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.