Courtesy of Quincy FFA
Seventeen members of the Quincy, Wash., FFA traveled to Columbia Basin Tech in Moses Lake to compete in the 2017 Washington State FFA Potato Grading CDE and Tractor Operators CDE. The students competed well and brought home state hardware in both competitions.
The Tractor CDE team members had to complete a 50-question tractor safety and maintenance exam, complete a team tractor parts identification practicum and then an individual driving practicum. The driving practicum requires members to drive a tractor and trailer tandem through a slalom course through 5 cones in reverse then forward through the same five cones and then back the trailer into a parking spot with 6 inches of clearance all the way around — and all in a 2 minute and 30 second time period.
Competitors are penalized for riding the clutch, changing directions, rubbing a cone, knocking over a cone, excess speed, and 1 point per second for going over the allotted time period.
The team of Chase Schuler, Gavin Sahli and Chase Morgan brought home the sixth place team plaque. Also driving for the Quincy team were David Cozar and Nate Gonzalez.
The Potato CDE team members had to Grade 100 russet potatoes as US No. 1, US No. 2 or Culls, evaluate 4 classes of seed potatoes, identify 10 samples of blemish potatoes and then grade 10 potatoes and give oral reasons as to why they graded as they did.
When all the points had be tabulated the team of Eli Westra, Erin Brisbine, Dave Sulisto, Sierra Reynolds and Jordan Clark brought home the 3rd place team plaque. Eli was the 7th place individual and Erin the 10th place individual, each earning a State Award.
The team of Taran Brown, Jane Kennedy, Ryan Smith, Rosey Combs, Noah Nielson and Cody Main placed 17th in the 32 team field. Other standout individual performances were Dave Sulisto in 14th place, Sierra Reynolds 15th and Taran Brown 16th out of 147 individuals.
The Tractor team would like to thank Washington Tractor for their assistance in the team training. The Potato team would like to thank Blakal Processing, Jones Produce and Boorman Farms for their help in preparing the team.
Next up on the CDE trail for the Quincy FFA is the Apple Evaluation CDE.