ISU Soil Judging Places Second at Regional Contest

October 31st, 2006

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University soil judging team placed second overall at the American Society of Agronomy regional soil judging contest held at Kansas State University.

Four of the Iowa State team members placed among the top 10 in the individual competition out of 48 total participants, and the team earned second place out of seven in the group-judging portion of the contest, which took place Oct. 1-6. The team qualified to compete at the national competition hosted by Utah State University in spring 2007.

The team consisted of John Hammerly, a senior in agronomy from Newton; Nick Ihde, a junior in agricultural business from Prairie du Chien, Wis.; David Laubenthal, a junior in agronomy from Wesley; Curtis Maeder, a sophomore in agricultural engineering from Creston; Jana Matthiesen, a senior in agricultural studies from Bryant; Grant Nelson, a junior in agronomy from Greenfield; Adam Peterson, a senior in agronomy from Boone; and Ashley Raes, a sophomore in agronomy from Johnston. Jon Sandor, agronomy professor, and Amber Anderson, an agronomy graduate student from Aurelia, coach the team.

During the contest students wrote detailed descriptions of soil layers, classified soils, determined geological characteristics of the site, made topographic and hydrologic measurements and interpreted soil properties for agricultural and engineering land use.


Jon Sandor, Agronomy, (515) 294-2209,
Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-1890,