CKS FFA team takes second in Land Judging

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The Cedar Key FFA Land Judging team placed second at the annual event held near Bronson last week.

The students judged three production holes and one homesite. The FFA members evaluate the soil on its physical characteristics such as topsoil texture, permeability,  rooting depth, slope, rooting zone and erosion potential. They also determine the land capability class, soil order and make recommendations on best tillage and conservation methods.

The contest is sponsored by the area soil and water conservation district.

Twenty-seven teams competed in the event, both high school and middle school teams competed in their respective age levels.

Cedar Key’s high school chapter did not field a team this year. Only first place teams go on to compete for the state title in March. The state winning team will travel to Oklahoma in July to compete for national honors.

Rachel Kee is interning at Cedar Key School under the supervision of Denny Voyles. Kee is enrolled in agriculture education at the University of Florida and plans to become a “ jam-up” ag teacher in the fall.