Nevada FFA had nine students on two soils judging teams participate in the North Central District FFA soils evaluation career development event. Nevada FFA Team #1 place sixth out of of 64 teams participating. The district soils contest was held at Smeltzer Trust Farm in Otho on Thursday, Sept. 20. Tyler Hansen was 8th high scoring individual and Zach Larson was 23rd high scoring individual. The contest had 178 FFA students participating.
This event is designed to provide the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of Soils Evaluation. The Soils Evaluation Career Development 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. Nevada agriculture education students and FFA members studied in the evenings, and Saturday mornings for several weeks in preparation for the contest. Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, accompanied the students.
While the Nevada upperclassmen were judging soils, 19 new FFA members attended the “greenhand fire-up” on campus. The freshman participated in breakout sessions, which provided information on what FFA activities they are able to participate in. Also, the fire-up provided the opportunity for the students to meet FFA members from other chapters in attendance.
Hailee Weber and Cooper worked Wednesday after school prior to the event to make sandwich lunches for the Thursday trip, so students on the trips had a picnic riding home, saving time and money.