Members from the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the state soils competition in London, in Madison County. For the urban soils, contestants go through a process to determine if the area they are testing the soil from is fit for a home site. They determine the structure, and texture of the soil, along with shooting the slope, and answering a series of questions about different aspects that go into a house. This includes the septic tank system, the landscape of lawns and gardens, a driveway, etc. Additionally, contestants must know and determine how each area should be used and what management practices are necessary to improve the potential home sites being judged. Also as part of the contest, participants must take a soil survey test to show they know how to use and read a soil survey book. And complete a general knowledge test.
The team did very well and took third place in the state contest and qualified to complete in the National Homesite Soils Competition in Oklahoma in May.
The Fredericktown FFA advisor is Mrs. Burden.