Brokaw FFA members have recently competed in soils judging events at both the district level and state level.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, five Brokaw members competed in the Southwest District Soils Judging contest held at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.
The team of Carter Larson, Lanie Garrett, Shayla Harris, and Jalyn Sharr placed 2nd out of 27 district teams. Garrett placed 5th, Harris placed 6th, Larson placed 7th, and Sharr placed 9th out of 105 total individuals. Brokaw member Kristen Smith also competed in the event as an alternate.
The 2nd place finish qualified the team to compete at the Iowa FFA Soils Judging Career Development Event at Iowa State University on Saturday, October 12. At the state contest, the Brokaw team received a Gold rating and placed 10th out of 30 teams from across Iowa.
The soils event included the judging of four soil pits, plus a written test on soils in Iowa. The score card used to judge the soil pits is divided into five parts: Surface Features, Soil Features- The Profile, Land Capability Classification and Productivity Potential, Evaluation of Management Practices, and Suitability of Soils for Non-Agricultural Uses.