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Soil judging team takes 3rd at regional soils contest

A five-member team from Texas Tech University’s plant and soil science department claimed a third-place finish Oct. 24 at the Region VI Collegiate Soils Contest at the University of Arkansas in Monticello, Ark. The Red Raiders’ win qualifies them to compete next March at the National Soils Contest hosted by Southwest Missouri State.

The Texas Tech team members were:
• Justin Cave, a sophomore from Ackerly
• Chris Giffin, a senior from Howe
• Ryan Reeves, a sophomore from San Angelo
• Galan Roberts, a junior from Brownfield
• Seth Sowder, a senior from Sudan

Soil Profiles. The regional competition required the team to describe, classify and evaluate soil profiles in order to predict its fertility and suitability for specific land uses at four individually judged sites and two group-judged sites, said Wayne Hudnall, coach and B. L. Allen Endowed Professor of Pedology.

Professional soil scientists then compared their own analysis of the soil’s composition and structure with that of the team in order to score the team’s assessments, he said. Scores from both the individual and group assessments were then tallied to come up with the team’s overall score.

Teams competing in October’s competition included Texas Tech, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Louisiana State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech, and West Texas A&M University.

Written by Sean Cleveland

CONTACT: Wayne Hudnall, B.L. Allen Endowed Chair for Pedology, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-4490 or


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