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Fredericktown FFA takes 11th in State Forestry Competition

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the State Forestry Contest at Hocking College in Nelsonville.

The team completed many practicums such as a compass course, a test on their knowledge on topographic maps, equipment identification, leaf identification, equipment identification, and timber cruising.

They also took a timber cruising of 10 different trees. For this they identified the tree, took the diameter of it, and went through a variety of other steps to find how much the lumber from that tree would be worth if that tree was to be timbered.

The team placed 11th overall in the state!!

Fredericktown FFA competes in District 7 Soil Competition

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent two teams to the District 7 Soils Competition, The event was held at a farm in Ross County.

This contest consisted of two parts, a written exam, and soil evaluation. The exam tested participants; knowledge of soil practices, statistics regarding Ohio’s soil, and other soil-related topics. Contestants also evaluated three soil pits in terms of drainage, texture, structure and other key factors.

They also took measurements for the slope of the area, the depth of topsoil, and any other necessary information. Using their evaluations, they then determined what uses each pit would be best for and decide on any management practices that should be exercised.

The urban team evaluated their pits for urban purposes and if they could install a building with a basement, what septic system to install, manage the property fir lawns, gardens, and landscaping, and driveways and local roads. The urban team placed 8th place in the district. Chase Stockdale placed 13th overall. The team members were: Alexa Jones, Jesse VanAtta, Chase Stockdale, Steven Tumbleson, and Macy Thorne.

The rural team evaluated their pits for agricultural use and will need to determine the proper crop rotation, how to reduce erosion and compaction, and how to maintain water quality as well as improving soil fertility.

The rural team took 2nd place in the district, and qualified for the state competition. Kyrsten Andrews took 2nd place individual overall. Maribeth Pozderac placed 4th place individual overall. Those team members were: Makayla Scott, Maribeth Pozderac, William Manning, Haley Rook, and Kyrsten Andrews.

Fredericktown FFA members attended the Farm Science Review

Recently several FFA members traveled to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center (MCAC) near London to attend the Farm Science Review. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production. The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists and are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world. The 80-acre exhibit area allows visitors and exhibitors to experience all aspects of agriculture production. Inside the exhibit area are the static displays, but the FSR dedicates over 600 acres of land for field demonstrations such as corn and soybean combines, tillage, nutrient and lime applications, and drainage installations.

The following attended this educational event: Alanna Diehl, Lily Jeffers, Rachel Matthews, Malaya Smith, Haley Rook, Rachael LaBenne, Alexa Jones, and Emily Rook, Jesse VanAtta, Chase Stockdale, William Manning, Zach Vogelsang, Kyrsten Andrews, Justice Stacey, Maribeth Pozderac, Andrea Smith, Makayla Scott, Nikki Frazier, Kaitlyn Mull, and Cody Corry.

Fredericktown FFA takes 5th in the District 7 Forestry Competition

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the District 7 Forestry contest.

For this competition, members must take a written test, show their knowledge in various practicums, and perform a timber cruising on 10 different trees. The test consisted of questions relating to forest management, forestry statistics, and harvesting techniques. This year’s practicums required participants to identify the leaves of various tree species, recognize different pieces of various tree species, recognize different pieces of equipment and tree products, apply their knowledge about compasses, and identify different parts of a topographic map.

For the timber cruising section, members had to measure the diameter at breast height and number of 16 foot logs in each tree, as well as determine the species and amount of board feet in all ten of the trees. Additionally, they had to determine the value of each individual tree and the total value and board feet.

The team placed 5th, and will advance to the state competition. The members were: Haley Rook, Kyrsten Andrews, Alexa Jones, Rachael LaBenne, Maribeth Pozderac, Justice Stacey, Jake Sanders, Ethan Smith, Kaid Benson, Cody Corry, Steven Tumbleson, Nikki Frazier, Emily Rook, Makayla Scott, and Andrea Smith.

Fredericktown FFA Excels at County Soils Contest

Recently the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent two teams to compete at the Knox County Soil Judging Competition. The event was held at the Greg Mager’s farm.

For this contest, members can compete in Rural soil judging or Urban soil judging. Participants must measure the slope, depth of topsoil, and additional important factors, as well as determine the soil type, texture, drainage class, and other information for multiple soil pits. Contestants must be familiar with the requirements for various land uses and indentify what use each pit area would be best suited for.

The Urban Team took fourth place overall in the county, and qualified for the District 7 Urban soils Competition. Those advancing to the district contest are Macy Thorne, Chase Stockdale, Steven Tumbleson, Jesse VanAtta, and Alexa Jones. The alternates are: Zach Vogelsang, Lily Jeffers, and Cody Corry.

The Rural Soils Judging Team received third place overall in the county, and qualified for the district contest. Haley Rook took fifth place overall. The following qualified to advance to the District 7 Urban soils competition: William Manning, Kyrsten Andrews, Maribeth Pozderac, and Makayla Scott. The alternates are: Katie Mull, Emily Rook, and Audrey Bouton.

Congratulations to all of those who competed.

The Urban team members were: Macy Thorne, Rachel Matthews, Jesse VanAtta, Lily Jeffers, Zach Vogelsang, Chase Stockdale, Kaid Benson, Steven Tumbleson, Alexa Jones, and Cody Corry. The Rural team members were: William Manning, Emma Reed, Makayla Scott, Haley Rook, Andrea Smith, Maribeth Pozderac, Audrey Bouton, Nikki Frazier, Katie Mull, Kyrsten Andrews, Emily Rook, and Sadie Sanders.

Fredericktown FFA competes in County Forestry Competition

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the County Forestry contest held at Garrett and Linda Swendal’s farm in Danville.

For this competition, contestants must show their knowledge in in various practicums, and perform a timber cruising on 10 different trees.

This year’s practicums required contestants to do multiple tasks. They identified the tree, and took the diameter of it, using a DBH measure tape. They also determined how many 16 foot logs come out of each tree.

Eventually, they had to figure out and determine how much wood from each tree and what it would be worth to timber out. Fredericktown placed fourth overall. They will be advancing to district contest.

The team members were: Emily Rook, Audrey Bouton, Natalie VanMeter, Nikki Frazier, Rachael LaBenne, Makayla Scott, Haley Rook, Maribeth Pozderac, Justice Stacey, Kyrsten Andrews, Kaid Benson, Jake Sanders, Will Stelzer, Steven Tumbleson, Ethan Smith, Cody Corry, Andrea Smith, and Alexa Jones.

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