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Grand Forks, Foster County teams win 4-H land judging contest

Youth bring home honors from the 4-H land judging contest.

The Grand Forks County 4-H land judging team placed first in the senior division of the recent state 4-H land judging contest held in Dickinson, North Dakota.

The team will advance to the national 4-H land judging contest in 2024. Team members are Tucker Stover, William Stover and Max Hoverson.

Second place in the senior division was the team from Nelson County, and the Walsh County team placed third.

A team from Foster County placed first in the junior division. Team members are Cyrena Cuss, Kenleigh Hinrichs, Cally Hansen and Wyatt Stickel.

The Walsh County team placed second in the junior division. Grand Forks County placed third and Walsh County II placed fourth.

“The land-judging contest is the year-end experience of a program designed to teach young people to have a greater appreciation of land and soil so that no matter where they live, their life will be enriched with the experience of land judging,” says Adrian Biewer, North Dakota State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist.

The contest consists of four field areas that are 100 feet by 100 feet. Each field area has a soil pit for youth to evaluate soil structure. Youth evaluate each field on 10 factors to identify land capability class. Once the land capability class is determined, the youth make recommendations for vegetative treatment, mechanical treatments and fertility supplementation. They may score a maximum of 100 for each of the four field sites. Ties were broken by the top score in field site 4.

Individual placings and scores are:

Senior Division

  • First – Quinn Polensky, Stark/Billings County, 311
  • Second – Laura Steffan, Nelson County, 309
  • Third – Tucker Stover, Grand Forks County, 291
  • Fourth – Ian Rutherford, Walsh County, 284
  • Fifth – William Stover, Grand Forks County, 271

 Junior Division

  • First – Cyrena Kuss, Foster County, 343
  • Second – Kenleigh Hinrichs, Foster County, 311
  • Third – Ingrid Myrdal, Walsh County, 293
  • Fourth – Cally Hansen, Foster County, 290
  • Fifth – Everette Spear, McHenry County, 287

The NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center hosted the event, and the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce provided lunch.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Aug. 16, 2023

Source: Adrian Biewer, 701-231-6184, adrian.biewer@ndsu.edu

Editor: Elizabeth Cronin, 701-231-7881, elizabeth.cronin@ndsu.edu

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