County soils competition held

COVINGTON — On Sept. 15, the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District coordinated the Miami County Soils Evaluation Career Development Event.

The contest was hosted by the Dan and Tawni Batdorf Farm north of Covington. Schools participating were Covington, Miami East, Milton-Union, Newton, and Upper Valley Career Center. These students will now prepare for the District 5 FFA Soils Career Development to be held the end of September.

In the Agricultural Division the top scores were a tie of 112 out of 142 points between Carly Shell and Jese Shell both of Covington FFA. The third high individual was Jessica Copeland from Miami East with a score of 105. Other competitors in the contest were Zach Hasting, Ryan Coleman, Matt Kuether, Ben Kuether, Tom Kuether, Brandon Magee, Ethan Nash, and Katelyn Stuadt from Covington FFA. From Newton FFA competing were Emily McGlynn, Atley King, Britney Oburn, Garrison Willoughby, Jalyn Hansbarger, and Lexi Oburn. From Milton-Union FFA was Jessica Leffew. From Miami East FFA were also contestants Abbey Koontz, Kyle Elifritz, and Bailey Buck. There were 20 total contestants in the Agricultural Division.

In the Urban Division the top score was Brittany Daniel from Covington with a score of 104 out of 139. Second high score was Zach Kronenberger from Miami East with a score of 102. Third high individual was Mason Dilbone from Newton FFA with a score of 94. Other contestants in the Urban Division were Kyler Fisher, Windsor Rapp, Caitlyn Shuman, Emily Shellabarger, and Kristen Rappold from Newton. From Milton-Union FFA were Kamron Paulus, Daniel Albaugh, and Jacob Hornberger. Competitors from Covington FFA were Bryan Miller, Hunter Kimmel, and Trevor Miller. There were 14 participants in the Urban Division.

During the competition FFA members evaluated the soil and surrounding land for either Agricultural or Urban use. Students evaluated the slope, landform, texture of the top and subsoil, soil structure, water drainage and soil compaction depths. Furthermore, contestants made recommendations for future management practices related to farming or building a home with a basement.