SDSU Soil Judging Team takes third place in regional competition
October 25, 2010
BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Soil Judging Team placed third at the Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held in North Platte, NE.
The University of Nebraska hosted the Sept. 27-Oct. 1 contest. The team from Iowa State University took first place, while Kansas State University’s team was second. SDSU finished third and the University of Nebraska team was fourth.
Individually, SDSU’s Craig Veldkamp, Dell Rapids, SD, placed fifth overall. SDSU judges Colin Tobin, Wessington Springs, SD, placed 11th, while Kerry Kelly of Pierre, SD, placed 15th. Other SDSU team members included Shaina Sabel of Andover, MN, and Zach Bakke of Florence, SD.
Soil judging involves describing soil morphology, including horizons, texture, structure and color; soil profile properties including water holding capacity, rooting depth, wetness and permeability; site characteristics like landform, parent materials, slope and runoff; soil classification, and site interpretations, such as its suitability for septic tanks, roads or streets and dwellings.
As a result of the team’s placing, SDSU qualifies for the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest to be held at Oregon State University in spring 2011. SDSU Distinguished Professor of Pedology Doug Malo is the SDSU Soil Judging Team head coach, and Carrie Werkmeister-Karki serves as the team’s assistant coach.