National Crops Judging and Soil Judging Results

May 3, 2019

Crops Team

Our Iowa State Crops Team Recently traveled to Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to compete at the NACTA Judging Conference. The team participated in the Crops contest which consisted of Plant and Seed Identification, lab practical, including knowledge of insects, equipment, herbicides, fertilizers, and more, a math practical, and an agronomic exam.

Team members are Andrew Blomme, Shannon Breja, Jenna Cowan, and Alyssa Swehla. Individuals who also competed were Ben Kolbe, Ted Hilgerson, and Hannah Holdsworth. Dr. Mindy DeVries is their coach.

The team placed 2nd overall in the 4yr division. Andrew Blomme placed 2nd overall in the 4 yr division, and Shannon Breja placed 4th overall in the 4 yr division. Six of the seven students placed in the top 15.

The Crops Team also competed in the Knowledge Bowl, which is a tournament style competition including questions from across agricultural disciplines: ag business, agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agricultural mechanics, etc. The team consisted of Andrew Blomme, Shannon Breja, Jenna Cowan, Alyssa Swehla, and Ben Kolbe, who placed 1st in the 4 yr division, which is an impressive for such a young team!


Soils Team

Our Soils Judging Team recently traveled to San Luis Obispo, California to compete in the National Soil Judging Contest, hosted by Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. Team members are Jacob Wright, Kelli Roush, Erik Fevold, John Green, Hannah Weber, Tristan Dittmer, Jacob Schultz, Colin Stark, and Catherine Thom. The team is coached by John Jones and Amber Anderson.

The team had Sunday through Wednesday to practice soil pits to see features of the area, they got to see 4 soil pits a day along with other general landscape/other features. Thursday was the individual contest and Friday was the group contest.

There were 26 teams present overall, reported to be a record number as more teams are competing in the regional contests and more teams competing regionally means the region can send more teams to nationals.

The team placed 7th overall, and placed 6th in group judging!



Congrats to both our teams on a great end to the semester!