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4-H Land Judging Winners Named

Stark-Billings and Eddy County teams take first place in the 4-H land judging contest.

The Stark-Billings 4-H land judging team placed first in the senior division of the state 4-H land judging contest in Minot on Aug. 6.

Team members are Seth Polensky, Kyle Kostelecky, Kail Larson and Skyler Hondl, all of Dickinson. Polensky also was high individual in the senior division of the contest. Kurt Froelich coaches the team.

The Walsh County team of Tobias Zikmund of Pisek, Britton Bina of Lankin, Trevor Knudson and Taylor Knudson of Dahlen, and Sara Hodek of Fairdale placed second in the senior division. Brad Brummond is the coach for the team.

The Nelson County team placed third in the senior division. Team members are Tim Braun and Austin Braun of McVille, Nathan Steffan and Phil Steffan of Michigan, and Tyrell Heinz of Brocket. Katelyn Hain is the team’s coach.

The Eddy County team placed first in the junior division of the contest. Team members are Tyler Lee and Beth Lee of Grace City, and Chris Becker of McHenry. The team’s coaches are Joel Lemer, Missy Hanson and Tim Becker.

The Nelson County team of Roman Steffan and Jack Steffan of Michigan, and Anthony Braun of McVille placed second in the junior division. Hain also coaches this team.

The Walsh County junior division team of Jonah Zikmund and Owen Zikmund of Pisek, Lilly Bina of Lankin and Conner Hodek of Fordville placed third. Brummond is the coach for this team as well.

The land judging contest consists of four sites. Each site includes a pit for the contestants to examine the soil profile and characteristics. The contestants receive information on the soil depth history, present crop use, cropping plan and fertility levels. They use this information to help them estimate slope and potential erosion to determine land class and recommendations for management of the soil.

North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center near Minot hosted the contest with support and sponsorship from the Ward County Natural Resources Conservation Service and the North Dakota 4-H Foundation. Chris Augustin, NDSU area Extension soil health specialist at the center, officiated the contest.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Aug. 11, 2015

Source:Dean Aakre, (701) 231-8595, dean.aakre@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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