Fredericktown FFA qualifies for National Soils Competition
Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in the State Urban Soils competition at the YMCA Camp Shiffer in Champaign County, contestants go through a process to determine if the area they are testing from is fit for a home site. They determine the structure, and texture of the soil, along with shooting the slope, and answering a series of different aspects that go into a house. That includes the septic tank system, the landscape of the lawns and gardens, a driveway, etc. Additionally contestants must know and determine how each area should be used and what management practices are necessary to improve the potential home sites being judged. Also as a part of the contest, participants must take a soil survey test to show they know how to use and read a complete soil survey book and be able to finish a general knowledge test. The Fredericktown FFA team took third place in the State contest and qualified to compete in the National Homesite Soils Competition in May at Oklahoma and also qualified them as one of the top 20 teams in Ohio and that will get to compete in the State Environmental and Natural Resource contest in April for a chance at a second national contest. Macy Thorne took sixth place individually, and Katie Mull who took seventh place individually out of 179 individuals at the State Competition.
Fredericktown FFA competes in District Soils Competition
Recently the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent two teams to the District 7 soils competition. The event was held at a farm in Fairfield County. This contest consisted of two parts, written exams and soil evaluation. The exam tested participants’ knowledge of soil practices, statistics regarding Ohio’s soil and other soil-related topics and they also had to complete a soil survey test as well.
Contestants also evaluated four soil pits in terms of drainage, texture, structure, water table, and other key factors. They also took measurements for the slope of the area, the depth of the topsoil and any other necessary information. Using their evaluations, they then determined what uses each soil 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 for lawns, gardens, landscaping, and driveways and local roads. The urban team placed first overall in the district and qualified for state soil competition! The team members were Macy Thorne who placed 6th individual, Katie Mull who placed first individual overall, Andrea Smith, Makayla Scott, and Emily Rook.
The Ag team evaluated their pits for agricultural purposes and needed 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 sixth in district, just missing state qualification.
Fredericktown FFA takes 13th in State Forestry
Recently the Fredericktown FFA sent members to participate in the State Forestry competition at Hocking College. For this competition, members must take a written test, show their knowledge in various practicum’s and perform a timber cruising on 10 different trees. The test consisted of questions relating to forest management, forestry statistics and harvesting techniques. This years practicum’s required participants to identify the various equipments used and the different parts of the equipment, being able to use a leaf for tree identification, know the various diseases and disorders of trees, and to know chainsaw parts and troubleshooting. The team placed 13th. The Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.