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CADOTT — A team from Boyceville High School placed second in the annual soil judging contest.
Dunn County was slated to host the 2018 annual Land Judging Contest, but the weather did not cooperate and it had to be cancelled.
Fortunately, students from Dunn County schools were able to join the Chippewa/Eau Claire FFA Land Judging Contest that was held on Wednesday, October 17 at the BJ Ramsier Farm south of Cadott. Approximately 100 students representing seven schools and three counties participated in the event. Schools participating were Bloomer, Boyceville, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Menomonie and Spring Valley.
Students examined four soil pits to determine the texture, structure, depth, slope and drainage of the soil. They were also tasked with determining soil fertility and nutrient management requirements. Using that information, they then identified soil erosion and land use limitations and capabilities of soil and recommended the farm management and conservation practices.
The Menomonie team of Kaden Styer, Bryant Kluge, and Brooks Brewer, with individual scores ranging from 235-262, came away with first place and a team score of 736 points. Jean D’Angelo, Agriscience Instructor, led the team which had four of the top ten high-scoring individuals of the event.
With a team score of 719.5 points, Kenny Clark, Austin Hatfield, and Josh Marzofka took second place honors under the direction of Glenn Knudtson, Agriscience Instructor at Boyceville High School. Kenny Clark had the top score of 255 points with other members of the team contributed 239.5 by Austin Hatfield who placed second, and 225 points by Josh Marzofka who placed third. Gage Brown placed fourth. Boyceville’s team had two of the top ten high-scoring individuals including Clark, who finished second overall.
Top scorers for the Chippewa Falls team were Jacob Maier (237.5), Michelle Asselin (223), and Makaeh Quimet (218). Their team score was 678.5 gave them third place in the competition.
Receiving fourth place with a team score of 673.5 was the Spring Valley team under the direction of Agriscience Instructor Carter Turner. Claire Anderson had the top individual score of 228 with Riley Gillis-Stoffel and Trevor Link contributing with scores of 227 and 218.5 respectively.
Earning honorable mention were the Cornell team with 586 team points, Bloomer with 566 points, and the Cadott team with 562.5 points.
USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist Tim Miland, was the official judge for the event. Staff from Dunn, Chippewa, and Eau Claire County Land & Water Conservation, NRCS, and UW-Extension assisted with the event.