OKLAHOMA CITY — The East Knox FFA Agricultural Soils Career Development Event team competed in the 67th National Land and Range judging contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 1-3, where they finished 64th place in the Land Evaluation category. There were 170 total teams representing 33 states with contestants coming from as far away as Hawaii. East Knox team members were Kaylie Crouch, Jake Gibson, Sean Magers and Cade Morningstar.
In addition to the land judging category there are also homesite evaluation and range judging categories. The contest is open to FFA and 4-H teams across the nation. To qualify to compete in the event the East Knox Agricultural team placed fifth in the state contest held last October. Each state can send up to five teams to compete in each category of the national event. Ohio sends the top five agricultural teams and the top five urban teams.
Team members had to determine surface and subsurface texture, permeability, soil depth, erosion, slope (without the use of a measuring device) and runoff. Using this information, they had to determine the major factors that kept the site out of class I and then determine which of the eight USDA land classes the area was assigned. They also had to select vegetative land treatments, mechanical land treatments and recommend fertilizer and soil amendments.
The awards banquet was held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This is the 22nd East Knox FFA soils career development event team that has competed in the national contest.