SENR faculty member and Associate Director Brian Slater reflects on partnerships that have meant a great to him while at The Ohio State University and especially this past year, as he prepared for hosting the 2020 National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Ohio.
The Ohio State Soil Judging Team competed in the Northeast Regional Collegiate Soils Contest (October 5-7, 2016) hosted by Pennsylvania State University and held in the vicinity of State College, PA. Building on last year’s success, there was record enthusiasm for soil judging this year, and Ohio State was able to take a large team of 12 students to Pennsylvania—two returning and 10 new. The Buckeyes entered three teams of four among a field of 21 from nine universities: Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania State University, University of Rhode Island, University of Maryland, Wilmington College of Ohio, Bloomsburg University, West Chester University, Richard Stockton College, and The Ohio State University. The Northeast Region had 88 total individual soil judgers—its largest turnout on record which speaks to the growing popularity of this collegiate sport and the position it holds as a premier outdoor learning laboratory.
The Soil Judging Team at Ohio State recently competed in the National Collegiate Soils Contest (April 3-8, 2016) hosted by Kansas State University and held in the vicinity of Manhattan, KS. In total, 23 universities took part in this year’s national contest where teams have to qualify to compete by finishing in the top three or four places in one of the country’s seven regional competitions. Ohio State followed up its 3rd place 2015 Northeast regional finish by placing 10th overall at nationals. The team was composed entirely of 1st year soil judgers. Congratulations to the team and coaches on this latest accomplishment!