The NC State University Soil Judging team placed 2nd out of 21 participating schools at the national contest hosted by THE Ohio State University April 19-23, 2022. Two individuals from the team placed in the top 10 out of 84 participants: Curtis Murphy placed 2nd and Jacob Cheers placed 8th overall. The team also placed 8th in group judging to finish 2nd overall in the nation.
This is the highest national ranking for NCSU since 1986.
The students saw many different soils around Union Co. Ohio that represent common glacial landforms of that region. Practice and contest sites included outwash terraces, glacial lakes, upland till plains with densic materials, eroded pedisediment, and hydric depressions/floodplains.
With his top 4 finish, Curtis Murphy also qualified to represent Team USA at the international soil judging contest, hosted in Scotland during the 2022 World Congress of Soil Science: https://22wcss.org/programme/soil-judging/
Congratulations to the team on their accomplishment! We are now actively recruiting new members for the fall of 2022 regional contest to be hosted in the Piedmont at Clemson University.
Special thanks to the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Rankin Endowment, and Soil Science Society of North Carolina for funding expenses for this experience.