AMES, Iowa "“ The Iowa State University Soil Judging Team placed second overall in the 2007 regional Soil Judging Contest held near Griswold.
Seven universities with 40 individual contestants participated in the contest hosted by Iowa State University Sept. 21 - Oct. 5.
Nick Ihde, a senior in agricultural business from Prairie du Chien, Wis., was first overall in the individual competition. Also placing in the top 10 was Grant Nelson, a senior in agronomy from Greenfield, who placed second and Nathan Anderson, a sophomore from Aurelia, in ninth.
Other members of the team included Sarah Beaman, a sophomore in agricultural education from Earlham; David Laubenthal, a senior in agronomy from Wesley; Curtis Maeder, a junior in agricultural engineering from Creston; and Deanne Day, a sophomore in animal science from Earlham.
Amber Anderson Mba, graduate assistant in sustainable agriculture from Aurelia; Brad Oneal, a graduate student in agronomy from Adel; and John Hammerly, a graduate student in agronomy from Newton, coached the team.
The win qualifies Iowa State to compete in the national contest to be held in Rhode Island in spring 2008.