Submitted by: Alberto Valencia, North Lake FFA Reporter
The North Lake FFA Soil Judging team recently competed in the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 2. The team consisted of Conley Kittredge, Josh Hand, Brad Libolt and Andrew Miles. Alternate to the team who made the trip was Barry O’Leary. The soils judging team qualified for the national competition after receiving 1st place at the Oregon State FFA Soils Contest held in October. North Lake has placed 1st at state four consecutive years. At the competition, the North Lake team finished 17th nationally out of a total of 97 teams. There are 7,498 FFA chapters nationwide.
The event included the judging of four soil pits. The scorecard used to judge the soil pits is divided into two parts. In the first part, contestants must determine textures, slope, depth of soil, erosion, permeability, and runoff to select a land capability class, and in part two, they must decide on recommended vegetative and mechanical land treatments.
During the trip, the members toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Bricktown, The Historic Stockyards, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum. Members also were able to attend an AAA baseball game, and a NBA playoff game. Members spent two days practicing for the contest at practice pits and also attended an awards banquet as well.