By Ashton Coder and Will Hoopes – Louisa-Muscatine FFA Reporters
LETTS, Iowa–The Louisa-Muscatine soil judging team placed second overall at the South Sub-Districts soils evaluation contest held in Louisa County on September 23rd, 2021. On the FFA Black Team, Dagan Wagner placed second individually, Alex Torres placed fifth, Robert Stanford placed eighth, and Jacob Schreiber placed 10th overall out of 90 students in the contest. On the FFA Gold Team, Allie Fausel placed 24th, Hannah Anderson placed 28th, and Owen Gabriel placed 29th overall individually.
The teams then moved onto the Southeast District FFA soils evaluation contest where they placed fourth overall out of 30 teams. This contest was held in Muscatine on Thursday, Sept. 30. Dagan Wagner placed seventh overall individually and Jacob Schreiber placed ninth overall individually out of 161 contestants. The top five teams qualified for the State FFA soil judging contest that will be held Oct. 9 at Iowa State University. In the contests, students had to identify soil landscape positions, slope, horizons, textures, structures, and colors. Based on the characteristics of the soil, they made recommendations on how to manage the soil for agriculture and building purposes.
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