BHC hosts State Invitational Soil Judging Contest

What started off as a rainy morning developed into a sunny afternoon for the State Invitational Soil Judging Contest.

FFA chapters from 30 high schools participated in the contest hosted by Black Hawk College East Campus agronomy students, Dave Clarke of Walnut Ridge Farm Land Trust and Black Hawk College East Foundation who owns the property.

The rainy, overcast morning started with teams registering then utilizing the practice soil pit in the agronomy plot at the college. Morning practice results were announced at noon.

After lunch, contestants simply walked across the road from the campus to the official pits located on the Walnut Ridge Farm. By contest end, the sun was shining.

Teams consisting of three to four members with their own hand levels judged four pits on texture, plasticity, structure and reaction.

“This was a great contest,” said Andrew Larson, professor of agronomy at Black Hawk College who thanked Dave for hosting and Wes Wilkinson for digging the pits.

Schools finishing in the top 10 included:

  • Midland – 1st
  • Liberty – 2nd
  • Canton – 3rd
  • Goreville – 4th
  • Seneca – 5th
  • Roanoke Benson – 6th
  • West Carroll – 7th
  • Somonauk Leland – 8th
  • Putnam County – 9th
  • Farmington – 10th

Individuals finishing in the top 10 included:

  • Dakota Coonrod of Canton – 1
  • Tyler Lentz of Liberty – 2nd
  • Rachel Sloan of Midland – 3rd
  • Evan Koehler of Midland – 4th
  • Zach Rippel of Roanoke Benson – 5th
  • Conner Klingele of Liberty – 6th
  • Caleb Miles of Goreville – 7th
  • Gracia Ramp of Farmington – 8th
  • Clare O’Connor of West Carroll – 9th
  • Emily Pettis of Kewanee – 10th

Last updated 10/18/2013