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2016 Soil Judging Contest


The annual three county (Fayette, Effingham and Marion), Soil Judging Contest was held on September 22, 2016, on the Tenshare Farm south of Bluff City.

We also included 2 schools from Bond County at the event. Like we always say, the more the merrier, so I guess that goes for Soil Judging as well. Again his year, with all the activities students are involved in, we held 2 contests, all in one day, just to make sure that everyone was able to participate.

Unlike like in past years the students have a practice pit and three pits to judge, the fourth it had a few feet of water in it from a very high water table. They had to score each pit on things like; topsoil depth, texture, structure, color, and percent of slope. Then they have to determine the tillage system that would be best for the field using four crop rotations, and still keep the soil loss below "T".

Of course, I am no expert, which anyone in the office would confirm, but I think the students do a really good job, for the most part, considering Tony probably looks for the toughest spots in the county he can find for them to judge. 

Ramsey was the winner for Fayette County. They also had the highest score of all the schools in the contest. Congratulations Ramsey.

Thank you to Patty West for allowing us to have the contest on her farm and the County Highway Department for digging and closing the pits.




Congrats to the winning schools and to each of the teams for all their hard work in preparing for the contest.

301 South Third Street
Vandalia,  IL  62471
618-283-1095 ext. 3
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Karen Sanders - fayettecountyswcd@att.net
Tony Pals - tony.pals@il.nacdnet.net