Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation sponsored the Cullman County FFA Land Judging contest Nov. 1.
This year five schools competed: Fairview High, Holly Pond High, Cullman Middle, Cullman High and West Point High.
The Holly Pond FFA team was this year’s winner with West Point second and Fairview third. Zac Bell of Cullman Middle School was the high point scorer.
Members of the first place Holly Pond team are Jake Smith, Chris Cole, Mitchell Naler and Hunter Townson.
Members of the second place West Point team are Sharon Breedlove, Ty Jenkins, Levi Laney, Landon Murphree and alternate Trent Allred.
The third place Fairview team members are Adam Scott, Megan Walker, Kylee Yancy, Destiny Vincent and alternate Bethany Frazier.
At the competitions, each team consists of four students. The team members evaluate four sites, forestland, home site, cropland and pastureland. Each of which has a soil pit for students to see all layers of soil.
At each site, students describe the features of the land such as slope and soil texture and structure and rate the land capability class. Students then evaluate the soil for its land use whether it is production agriculture, building homes and estimate drainage and erosion. After the land is evaluated, students make recommendations for land conservation. Scores are based on how closely students’ evaluations match evaluations of the official judges.