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College Hosts Regional Soil Judging Competition

Wilmington College Places Fourth

October 16, 2012

Pictured practicing their judging skills Tuesday morning at the College Farm off Paris Ave. are WC team members, from the left, Jared Kuhlwein, Brandi Fornshell, Kelsey Berger and Austin Dixon.

Pictured practicing their judging skills Tuesday morning at the College Farm off Paris Ave. are WC team members, from the left, Jared Kuhlwein, Brandi Fornshell, Kelsey Berger and Austin Dixon.

More than four-dozen students got their hands a little dirty from Clinton County fields Oct. 16 to 19 when Wilmington College hosted the Northeast Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest.

Fifty-three students from six colleges and universities competed for a chance to participate in the national championship this spring. Teams included: Wilmington College, University of Rhode Island, Penn State University, Delaware Valley College, University of Maryland and The Ohio State University.

WC placed second as a team and fourth overall when combing team and individual scores, thereby missing a chance to advance to the national competition this spring.

Wilmington last hosted the regionals in 2006.

The teams spent Tuesday and Wednesday practicing before the actual competition commenced Thursday and Friday, when they judged soil at secret locations that were revealed just prior to the day’s competition. Five-foot deep soil pits at numerous locations offered a variety of soil characteristics found in the county.

The students provided technical soil descriptions that reflected the color, texture, horizons, indications of water and soil structure. Participants also classified soil orders with regard to its suitability for agriculture, roadways, buildings with basements and septic tank absorption.

Jason Sneed coached the 12-member Wilmington team.

Wilmington has enjoyed success in recent years as the 2006-07 team placed ninth in the nation and the 2007-08 team was eighth.