September 26, 2016, (Independence, IA) The Independence FFA Chapter competed in Non-Reasons Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Soils Evaluation on September 15th at NICC in Calmar, Iowa. The soils evaluation team earned 1st place overall out of 36 teams and qualified for the State FFA Soils Judging CDE, which will be held at Iowa State University on Saturday October 8th. The competition included a written exam and the judging of three soil pits. To be successful, students must possess a strong understanding of soil characteristics, landscape positions, slope calculation, soil texture, and soil management decisions. The soils judging team members and their individual overall placings included: Megan Corkery (2nd), Peighton Prusator (3rd), Matt Bolton (4th), and Brynn Martin (6th)
The chapter also competed in the Non-Reasons Dairy Cattle Evaluation portion of the Tri-State Dairy Days competition. There were 61 teams competing and the chapter earned 4th place overall in the team standings. The career development event requires students to identify physical characteristics of dairy cattle, breeding characteristics, and linear evaluation. Members of the 4th place team included Jaimes Rowland (4th place individual overall), Carter Nolan, Ellie Nabholz, and Tanner Erickson-Dale.