2019 Soil Judging Contest
Our annual Soil Judging Contest took place on Friday, September 13th and it was a perfect day to be outdoors! High school students from Preble County traveled to the farm of Gary Brubaker to test their growing knowledge of soil types for urban and agricultural uses. Students judged three very different soil pits, which are deep enough to expose top soil, subsoil, and bedrock, in different parts of the field. At the fourth station, students took a multiple choice test for urban or agricultural purposes. Each group was focused and hard working, which allowed for a successful contest!
We would like to thank Gary Brubaker for allowing the contest to take place on his farm and Bill Lewis for digging out the soil pits. A very special thank you to the staff, teachers, and students that made the commitment to compete in the contest. We can't wait for Soil Judging next year!
2019 District Soil Judging Scores
Ag Soils (Teams): Urban Soils (Teams):
- Tri-County North - 15th 1. Eaton HS - 5th
- Eaton HS - 16th 2. National Trail - 15th
- National Trail - 22nd 3. Twin Valley South - 19th
- Preble Shawnee - 26th 4. Preble Shawnee - 20th
- Twin Valley South - 28th
2016 FFA Soil Judging
The FFA Soil Judging contest was held September 15 outside of Eaton at the home of SWCD employee BJ Price. Approximately 100 FFA members from Preble Shawnee, Tri County North, Eaton, Twin Valley South, and National Trail participated. In the urban contest, students evaluate soils for its ability to be developed with structures such as homes, septic systems, and roads. Eaton won this contest, National Trail came in second, and Twin Valley South placed third. The agricultural contest requires students to evaluate soil for its potential in crop farming, pastures, and conservation purposes. In this contest, the placings were Eaton first, Twin Valley South second, and National Trail third. Thanks to everyone who participated.