U of A’s soil judging team, made up of students in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, earned a spot in the national contest for the 10th time in 12 years by winning the Region IV title in the fall.
The U of A soil judging team recorded a top-20 national finish competing in the National Soil Judging Contest, hosted by Ohio State University in April.
Competing among the top 21 teams in the country, Arkansas finished 16th overall and was seventh in the group-judged portion of the contest, which was held near Marysville, Ohio.
The team, made up of students in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, is coached by University Professor of applied soil physics and pedology Kris Brye.
Team members are Katie Jansson, Lilly Stults, Lauren Gwaltney and Jonathan Brye.
“The team battled the weather and challenging soils and landscapes during the three practice days,” Brye said. “In the end, I was extremely proud of the team’s collective accomplishment with their seventh-place finish in the group-judged part of the contest. Bringing home hardware from a national contest was no easy task. I’m pretty sure the students will remember their week in Ohio for a long time.”
Arkansas earned a spot in the national competition by winning the Region IV title in the fall at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
Arkansas, which finished ahead of other regional members Oklahoma State University and Tarleton State University in the national contest, has earned a spot in the national contest 10 times in the last 12 years.
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