What is Soil Judging?
Soil judging is the field component of soil science, a diverse discipline that combines geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. The study of soils helps us to better understand and protect the natural resource that sustains us all. The University of Minnesota has a competitive collegiate team that participates in hands on learning and travels to competitions. Soil Judging is a fun way to spend time outside, challenge your brain, and get your hands dirty! Learn more on the Soil Judging Team Blog.
After winning the Regional Competition, the University of Minnesota Soil Judging Team is heading to the National Competiton in April. But we need your help to get there. Join our Crowd Funding campaign and watch our video. Then share it with your family, friends, and coworkers and together we can represent Minnesota on the National stage. Go Gophers!
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University of Minnesota Soil Judging Team Wins Overall Region V Contest
The 2015 Region V Collegiate Soil Judging Contest was hosted in Minnesota this year at the Marcell Experimental Forest by the University of Minnesota. It provided a unique opportunity for teams to see unusual variety of soils, including soil profiles of a northern peat bog. Students and coaches also received a tour of the SPRUCE climate change experiement site.
Because Nic Jelinski was the organizer of the competition, Ed Nater served as the University of Minnesota's coach, assisted by Erik Schilling. The University of Minnesota team placed 1st overall, with Sondra Larson placing 5th and Andrea Williams placing 6th in the individual competition. The team will be going on to the National Competition in Manhattan, Kansas in spring of 2016.
To read more about the competition, visit the Soil Judging Team Blog.
Members of the 2015 Soil Judging Team: Team Captain Rusty Zimmerman, Teng Vang, Sondra Larson, Amanda Wolff, Nick Vetsch, Luke Ratner, Leslee Jackson, Andrea Williams.