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Soils Team Third at Nationals
By Jenny Bjelland
UW-RF News Bureau
APRIL 22, 2005--The UW-RF soils judging team competed in the 2005 North
American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Contest held in
Norfolk, Neb., April 15-16.
The NACTA contest, held annually each spring, draws nearly 500 participants
from colleges and universities nationwide. Students compete in a variety
of agriculturally related contests including crops, soils, horticulture,
dairy, general livestock, equine, agricultural computers, agricultural
business, and agricultural mechanics.
The 2005 soils contest drew students from eight four-year institutions.
The competition required each student to carefully evaluate soil profiles
in four pits.
Through visual and sensory examinations, students identified the soil
type, listed physical characteristics, and described the parent materials.
Students also determined the amount of erosion that occurred, the slope
of the soil and the soil's land use capability.
Members of the third-place UW-RF soils judging team included Hannah Butenhoff,
a sophomore majoring in crop science from Shell Lake, Wis., Derek Husmoen,
a freshman agricultural engineering technology major from Arcadia, Wis.,
James Martin, a junior land-use planning major from Fond du Lac, Wis.,
and Denise Burce, a freshman agricultural education major from Alma, Wis.
Besides placing third overall as a team, Butenhoff placed 10th individually
in the nation, Husmoen placed 11th, and Martin placed 13th.
"Their performance was remarkable," noted Bill Anderson, UW-RF
professor of agronomy and one of three team coaches. "Two of the
students on the team are just freshmen and haven't even taken a college
soils course yet. None of these students had ever competed in a collegiate
soils contest before and they still out-performed some really experienced
Additional team coaches include Pam Weller, UW-RF instructor in geology,
and Kevin Gray, a senior crop and soil science major who participated
in the 2004 NACTA soils contest.
Photo Cutline: Bill Anderson, professor of agronomy, Hannah
Butenhoff, a sophomore majoring in crop science from Shell Lake, Wis.,
Derek Husmoen, a freshman agricultural engineering technology major from
Arcadia, Wis., James Martin, a junior land use planning major from Fond
du Lac, Wis., Denise Burce, a freshman agricultural education major from
Alma, Wis., and Kevin Gray, team coach and a senior majoring in soils
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