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Oliver, Foster County Teams Win 4-H Range Contest

More than 100 youth prepare to judge in the rain during the North Dakota 4-H range judging contest. (NDSU photo) More than 100 youth prepare to judge in the rain during the North Dakota 4-H range judging contest. (NDSU photo)
The first-place senior team will advance to national competition in 2019.

The Oliver County 4-H range judging team placed first in the senior division of the North Dakota 4-H range judging contest near Hebron.

Team members are Charlie Liffrig of Mandan, Reanna Schmidt of Center and Olivia Klein of Max.

This team will represent North Dakota at the National Invitational 4-H Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma in the spring of 2019. The Oliver County team is coached by Rick Schmidt.

The McKenzie/Ward County team placed second. Team members are Colter Roffler of Grassy Butte, Isabell Boekelman of Watford City and Sarah Potts of Minot. Roffler was the top-scoring individual in the senior 4-H division. Coaches are Morgan Wisness, AriAnna Wingenbach and Emily Goff.

The Foster County team place first in the junior division of the state contest. The top three individual scores from Kyle Johnson of Kensal, Molly Hansen of Carrington and Cyrena Kuss of Woodworth were combined with a team problem score to determine the total team score. Other team members are Haylie Spickler of Glenfield, Brekka Kuss of Woodworth, Kelsey Johnson of Kensal, and Barett Black and Grandin Black of Grace City. Kyle Johnson was the top-scoring individual in the junior division. Joel Lemer and Missy Hansen coached the team.

The McKenzie County junior team placed second. Team members are Paige Delaney of Alexander; Jaden Murphy of Williston; and Ryan Pingel, Corban Sorenson and Wyatt Boekelman of Watford City. Morgan Wisness coached the team.

The third place junior division team of Breanna Vosberg, Rylee Hintz, Katie Frank and Kole Albers, all of Center, represented Oliver County.

The range judging contest consists of three ecological sites and two range plant identification sites. Participants evaluate the soil type, slope and plant content of each site, along with the current condition of the range, and make recommendations related to range management practices.

Each plant identification site consists of 15 plants. The participants identify the plant and indicate various traits for each plant.

The range judging contest also includes a team problem related to a range situation. Teams work together to calculate the appropriate stocking rate and management practices.

The range judging contest is conducted with support and sponsorship from the North Dakota 4-H Foundation and Society of Range Management. Kevin Sedivec, NDSU Extension rangeland management specialist, officiated the contest. The Hebron FFA Chapter and alumni hosted the event.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Sept. 26, 2018

Source:Dean Aakre, 701-231-8595,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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