Delaware Valley College boasts first place award in Northeast Regional Soil Judging Competition

The agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are expected to continue success through the use of increasingly efficient machinery and improved use of science, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who wish to launch careers in agribusiness may benefit from enrolling in Delaware Valley College, as it boasts a first place win at the annual Northeast Regional Soil Judging Competition.

In order to prepare for the contest, agronomy and environmental science students learned about the different types of soils that comprise the ridges and valleys of Center County, Pennsylvania. The learners studied clay-rich soil from limestone valleys, colluvial soils along the ridges and alluvial soils from streams and rivers, according to a press release.

Michael Sowers, an adjunct faculty who teaches soil judging, was the team's coach. In addition to receiving the first place award, the team also took home sixth-, 10th- and 15th-place medals.

The competition was held at Penn State University. Qualifying teams moved on to the National Collegiate Soil Judging Competition, which was hosted by Oregon State University.

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