December 5, 2020

Heard County FFA Participates in Land Judging Competition

(Carrollton, GA) — On September 18th, the Heard County High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Land Judging Team competed in a local land judging competition.  They joined with other regional FFA Teams for the first annual West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District Land Judging Competition.

The competition was sponsored by the West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Carroll County Extension.

The competing FFA teams included Heard County High School, Haralson County High School, and Bowdon High School, Central High School, Temple High School, and Mount Zion High School from Carroll County.   Dale McWhorter is the director of the Heard County FFA Chapter.

Bowdon High School won the Senior Team High Score award and Central High School won the Junior Team High Score award.  Each team received a plaque for their hard work and excellence.

The highest individual score winners all received cash awards provided by the West GA SWCD.

land judging 2014_5 (1)Land judging is an FFA judging event in the field of agriculture. Land can be judged much like animals or crops. In judging crops, we look at the size, shape, and quality and determine which is superior.

Similarly, when judging land, we look for clues that tell us how well the land can produce crops or be used for other purposes.

Soil characteristics, climate, and topography are all good indicators of the soil’s capabilities, but close examination of the soil texture, structure, depth, permeability, reaction, degree of erosion, slope, drainage, and flooding potential are necessary to classify land into capability classes.

In land judging, the major factors affecting how the land can be used must be determined. These factors are used to correctly recommend conservation practices and fertilizers for conserving soil.

Land judging can help to:

  • Understand basic soil differences.

  • Know how soil properties affect crop growth.

  • Know why soils respond differently to management practices.

  • Realize the influence of land features on production and land protection.

  • Select suitable soil and water conservation practices.

  • Determine land capability class.

  • Determine proper use and treatment.

The West Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a State of Georgia government entity operating within the counties of Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Coweta, and Douglas.

The West GA SWCD is one of 40 Districts across Georgia, dedicated to the protection and conservation of our state’s natural resources, educating citizens about the importance of conservation, and informing policy makers about natural resource issues.  Denney Rogers and Talmadge Davis both serve on the West GA SWCD.

The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment.

For more information, contact the NRCS office at 770-832-8942 (Ext 3).  The local NRCS office is located at 408 N White Street in Carrollton, Georgia.  This office services the counties of Carroll, Haralson, and Heard.

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