McLean County Farm Bureau

In rain, snow or hail, the University of Illinois soil judging contest goes on.

“Understanding the landscape we live on and use in agriculture is important to manage it the right way.”

— Abby Field, a senior in crops and soil science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Thankfully, it was held on a sunny fall day this year. The recent Midwest Region 3 contest drew 72 students and 15 coaches from seven universities and four community colleges. Abby Field and her teammate, Isaac Nollen, agreed that knowing about soil benefits farmers and others. Read more about this year’s contest and team placements.