On Sept. 25, the Colo-Nesco FFA participated in the North Central District soil judging competition in Iowa Falls. The team consisted of Morgan McEnany, Allison Geisinger, Caleb Vaughn and Noah Gibbons. Jacob Hapes participated as an individual, as well.
McEnany received first place individual overall; Gibbons received seventh place individual overall and Vaughn finished in 10th individually out of 234 participants.
Out of 58 teams competing, the Colo-Nesco FFA Chapter placed first as a team, overall. They competed at the State Soil Judging Contest in Ames on Oct. 12. McEnany received 9th place high individual and the team placed 6th out of 30 teams.
The Iowa FFA Soils Career Development Event is designed to provide students an oppotunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of soils evaluation. The event included the evaluation of four soil pits, plus a written exam about soils in Iowa. The score card used to judge the soil pits is divided into five parts: surface features, soil features - the profile, land capability classification and productivity potential, evaluation of management practices and sustainability of soils for non-agricultural uses.
The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy served as host for the event. Dr. Lee Burras of Iowa State University and Virgil Schmidt of ISU Extension coordinated the event.