SDSU Soil Judging Team Qualifies for National Soils Contest
South Dakota State University Soils Judging Team qualified for the 2013 National Soils Contest during the Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held in Missouri.
Along with SDSU, eight universities from Region 5 participated. Region 5 includes the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
Soil judging provides practical experience in evaluating the physical and chemical properties of soils important in making land use decisions. Soil forming factors (including site characteristics), soil classification, land use interpretations, and soil morphology are all key parts of the judging process.
The top four teams at this regional competition qualified for the 2013 National ASA Soil Judging Contest in Wisconsin. The top four teams were; first place – Iowa State University with 2464 out of 2818 points, second place – University of Nebraska with 2412 points; third place – Kansas State University with 2348 points; and fourth place – South Dakota State University with 2344 points.
There were 70 students participating in the contest for individual honors. Individually there were 650 points available. Individuals that placed from the SDSU team were Tyann Slepikas of Huron, SD, who received seventh overall with 545 points, Bri Wegner of Fairbault, MN, who received 23rd place with 520 points, Amanda Koch of Chelsea, MI, who received 26th place with 518 points, and Emily Helms of Creighton, SD, who received 30th place with 507 points.
Other team members are Jesse Cameron of Northfield, MN, Andrew Koehlmoos of Granville, IA, Ryan Larson of Garretson, SD, Nathan Odegard of Madison, SD, Shaina Sabel of Andover, MN, and Laura Schwengel of Eau Claire, WI.
The SDSU Soil Judging team is coached by Doug Malo, Distinguished Professor of Plant Science in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. F