Several Pettisville FFA members participated in the District 1 FFA agronomy and soil judging Career Development Events on Sept. 26 between Whitehouse and Waterville.
A team of agronomy students that determined the needs for a crop field and was tested on the subject placed third. Agronomy students identify insects, weeds, diseases, and crops by looking at samples. Team members were Kayla Wyse, Madeleine Wixom, Zach Morrison, Mauricea Crouch, and Elizabeth Beck.
FFA members participating in an Urban Soils contest place sixth. They were Brayden Barrett, Andrew Hulbert, Amy Jo Hitt, Isaac St. John, Kearsten Zuver, and Blake Eyer. Those in the Ag Soils contest placed eighth – Matt Rupp, Brett Coopshaw, Lexi Sauder, Graeme Jacoby, Jessica McWatters, and Jaton Zuver.
In those competitions, students examined soil in buckets and walked in a pit to observe soil below the surface. The soil was ribboned to determine texture and examine structure, drainage, and erosion. From that analyses the students determine the best management practices to use on that site. All participants took a test and located information in a soil survey.
The contests were hosted by Lucas County agricultural departments.