Louisa-Muscatine FFA competes in soil judging

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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Louisa-Muscatine Schools is located along the Mississippi River south of Muscatine, Iowa. Our school name comes from being part of Louisa and Muscatine counties. Included in our district are the communities of Grandview, Letts, Fruitland, Cranston, and Muscatine. With this population base, our school district has approximately 1,100 students. Information about the city of Muscatine can be found by clicking here. The Louisa-Muscatine district encompasses a harmonious blend of farm land, industry, business and growing residential areas. Although located in a tranquil, rural setting, we have quick access to many cultural centers and events in neighboring cities such as Iowa City, Davenport-Rock Island, Muscatine, Chicago, St. Louis, and Cedar Rapids. With our close location to larger cities and closeness to the recreational aspects of the Mississippi, Iowa and Cedar Rivers, our growing rural community benefits from its location, its resources, and its common-sense people.