Mizzou Soil Judging Team Competes at National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest

The Mizzou Soil Judging Team participated in the National Collegiate Soil Judging contest in early April. The contest, which was completely virtual, included group and individual judging with pedon descriptions, feature identification and soil texturing components. The contest featured soils from across the country, including Alaska and Puerto Rico, offering students an opportunity to see diverse soils.

The MU team finished fourth overall in the group contest, second in group soil texturing and fourth in group pedon descriptions. The team finished ninth out of 21 teams in the combined individual and group portions. Sarah Higgins, environmental sciences, placed second overall individually and tied for the top score for the feature identification portion.

The Mizzou Soil Judging Team who participated in the national competition include Higgins, Shae Meyer, Jessica Anderson, Jacob Wolken and Rosie Garza, all students in environmental sciences. Luke Eaton, environmental sciences, and Anna Massman, agricultural education, were unable to attend the contest but have been active members of the judging team this year.