Crothersville FFA Gets Down & Dirty


For the first time in several years, members of the Crothersville FFA participated in county soil judging. Dustin McCleary, Dylan Brasher, Dakota McMahon, Jimmy Needler, David Matthews, Brittany Hall, Brent Sawyer, and Cody Defibaugh listen as Independent Soil Specialist John Bowen explains the different types of soils found in the dug out area.

Eight members of the Crothersville FFA Chapter traveled to a farm near the Medora Knobs area last week to participate in the county soils judging career development. Members were asked to evaluate the soil from three dug out pits for home site use as well as farm crop production.
Participants had to site the slope of the land, figure the percent erosion, determine the parent material in the soil, calculate the drainage, and feel for the texture of the soil.
Four Crothersville members placed 5th in the event: Brent Sawyer, Brittany Hall, Dakota McMahon, and Jimmy Needler with Sawyer having the top score from Crothersville.
“I can’t believe how much more we learned by going to the event and actually getting in the soil pits,” said Sawyer
Needler added, “It is really a different story when you get to actually work the soil to determine the texture.”