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Monticello FFA team competes in national land judging event
Megan Lehr, Paige Dilley, Emilie Gietzel and Ryan Smith of the Monticello FFA Chapter competed in the land judging at the National Land and Range Judging Competition on May 7 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Photo supplied)
MONTICELLO - Ryan Smith, Paige Dilley, Emilie Gietzel, and Megan Lehr from the Monticello FFA Chapter traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to compete in land judging at the National Land and Range Judging Competition on May 7.

Land judging, also known as soils judging, involves a variety of skills that determine the best use capabilities of the land based on a number of factors that students must assess. Students need to determine soil type, slope, structure, nutrient requirements, drainage issues and erosion potential, and then evaluate if the land is well-suited for cropland, pasture, woodland or wildlife use and what conservation measures should be followed.

In order to participate in the event, the students had to qualify. The qualifying event took place last summer at the Wisconsin FFA Soils Judging Contest as a part of Farm Technology Days, where the team earned second place overall.

The Monticello FFA team placed 53rd out of 98 teams. Gietzel was the high scorer for the team with a 209 out of 350 possible points. The Monticello team ranked second among all Wisconsin teams that competed.

The students and their advisor, Ryan Indergand, flew to Oklahoma City on May 4 and returned May 8. While in Oklahoma, FFA members participated in the event as well as toured many of the area attractions including Oklahoma State University, Braum's Dairy Farm and Processing Plant, and the Oklahoma Memorial and Museum.