On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Quincy, Wash., FFA members from the Natural Resources class headed down to Wilson Creek for the District IX Land Judging CDE.
At the competition, students evaluated different types of soil and land use types. Students were required to perform site evaluations based on their determination of soil depth, soil texture and slope. Based on their evaluation they then had to select the land use class ranging from Class 1—Prime Farm Land to Class 8—not suitable for building, farming or grazing, having only aesthetic value.
The members who competed were Junior Ramos, Justin Thompson, Tommy Workinger, Mario Valencia, Gavin Sahli, Rodrigo Zepeda, Mallory Roduner, Olivia Ashby, Jared Ruiz, Jorge Hernandez, Nerit Contreras, Ezequil Estrada, Noelia Bravo, Jaelyn Zuniga-Diaz, and Ken Salistro.
The team of Tommy Workinger, who was the first-place individual; Justin Thompson, the fourth-place individual; Gavin Sahli, who placed eighth individually; along with Junior Ramos and Mario Valencia placed second in the eight-team field.
The other chapters who competed were Moses Lake, Wilson Creek and Royal City. This was the first competition for these students who braved rain and wind throughout the day. The next competition is Monday, Oct. 15, at the Spokane County Soils CDE and the students are already excited and ready to go.