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Brokaw FFA Members Compete in SoilJudging Competitions

            Brokaw FFA members have recently competed in soils judging events at both the district level and state level.  On Tuesday, September 26, seven Brokaw members competed in the Southwest District Soils Judging contest held at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.  The team of Dagen Price, Ethan Herzberg, Dalton Brown, and Tattum Hughes placed 2nd out of 23 district teams.  Price placed 2nd, Herzberg placed 4th, and Brown placed 6th overall out of 90 total individuals. Brokaw members Cooper Williams, Lane Mellencamp, and Ethan Jones also competed in the event as alternates. The 2nd place finish qualified the team to compete at the Iowa FFA Soils Judging Career Development Event at Iowa State University on Saturday, October 7. At the state contest, the Brokaw team received a Gold rating and finished 7th out of 30 teams from across Iowa. Herzberg placed 7th and Price placed 11th out of 114 total participants.

            The soils event included the judging of four soil pits, plus a written test on 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 Suitability of Soils for Non-Agricultural Uses.    



Caption for picture: Brokaw FFA members participating in the Soils Evaluation CDE this fall were, front row, left to right: Dagen Price, Dalton Brown, Ethan Herzberg, and Tattum Hughes. Back row, left to right: Ethan Jones, Cooper Williams, and Lane Mellencamp.

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