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Bertrand-Loomis 2020 FFA Chapter members assess one of four sites in a pasture east of Elwood during the Southwest Region Land Assessment Competition hosted by the Natural Resources District of Tri-Basin.


Lori Potter, Kearney Hub


BERTRAND – Students and instructors from 39 high schools met on October 20 at the Bertrand Community Building to participate in State Land Judging.

The Tri-Basin Natural Resource District has partnered with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service to host the annual competition.

Charlie Wells of Holdrege has been named the 2021 State Land Judging Individual Champion. Wells, Nick Taylor, Katie Jewett and Mitchell Way of Holdrege were the 2021 State Lands Judging Team Champions.

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Students tried at Platte Republican Diversion pasture west of Smithfield. The land is on the Platte-Républicaine dividing line. On the north side, runoff flows to the Platte River and south to the Republican River.

“We are honored to host the State Land Judging competition,” said John Thorburn, Managing Director of Tri-Basin NRD. “It is essential that young people learn the value of our soil resources. Holdrege Silt Loam is the official soil of the state of Nebraska, so this area is ideal for a land appraisal event. I am very grateful to the many volunteers and partner organizations who helped make this contest a huge success.

Land Valuation is a school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of soil structure and land valuation. The teams consist of four students from the same chapter of the FFA and a few people who qualified separately from a team. Each participant learns to recognize the physical characteristics of the soil, to determine the capacity of the land for agricultural production and to evaluate the management practices necessary for good management.

Martin E. Berry