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Eight Tri County FFA members competed in the State Land Judging Contest on October 23rd.  The Contest was hosted by the Nemaha NRD in Tecumseh, NE. The Tri County students qualified earlier by placing as a team or as a top ten individual in the Southeast Area Contest in Gage County on October 9th.

Thirty schools across Nebraska competed.  The top five schools advanced to the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma in May 2020.  Lead by Nicole Vodraska’s 4th place purple finish, the team of Lucas Weise, Vodraska, Kynlee Uher and Brevin Damrow earned fifth place and will go to Nationals. Each member won a team ribbon and the team won a plaque.   Lucas finished with a blue ribbon individually. Logan Larson finished 5th and Nick Loxterkamp earned 11th place and both of these students brought home purple ribbons. Gracin Hahn scored a blue ribbon and Gavin Weichel finished with a pink ribbon.  Fullerton FFA was the team champion.

Land Judging is a high school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of soil structure and land evaluation. Teams consist of four students from the same FFA chapter. Each participant learns how to recognize the physical features of the soil, determine land capability for crop production, and evaluate management practices needed for proper stewardship.  During the competition, students judge four soil pits using an evaluation card to make assessments on: soil depth, surface texture, permeability, slope, thickness of surface and erosion. Each evaluation card is scored and added together to determine overall scores for individuals and the team. In order to compete in the state contest, teams advance from one of the seven regional competitions hosted across the state in October.