Waukon FFA Soils Team advances to State competition ...

The 2020 Northeast District Soils Evaluation Career Development Event was held at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo September 23. Eighteen teams competed at this year’s event and evaluated four soil pits and completed a written exam focusing on soils in Iowa. The scoring of each soil pit 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. This contest allowed students to display their knowledge of Soil Evaluation.

The Little Switzerland FFA Chapter at Waukon High School, under the direction of Advisor Ms. Jessica O’Connor, had a team of four members participate at this event. Overall, the team placed fourth out of the 18 teams. The top five teams will be advancing to the State Soils Evaluation contest at a later date still to be decided. Pictured above, left to right, are the participating team members listed with their individual placewinnings at the District contest: Marcus Gibbs placed 10th, Carly Palmer 14th, Diana Davidson 49th and Andrew Osmonson placed 20th. Photo courtesy of Waukon FFA, article submitted by Alaina Gebel, Chapter Reporter.

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