Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 Region V Soil Judging - Rosemount Research and Outreach Center

On Saturday, September 17th, 14 members of the University of Minnesota Soil Judging team travelled to the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center in Rosemount, MN for some extracurriculars. The students described soils on a loess-mantled outwash plain and loess-mantled till upland. Goldy took a break from the football game to assist our judgers. Follow us on Instagram! @umnsoiljudging (

Goldy with an assist!
Dom Christensen, Mekuria Zemede and Rachel Wood describing a Hapludoll formed in loess over outwash

Monday, September 5, 2016

2016 Region V Soil Judging - A Prelude

As the weather turns and the semester begins, your University of Minnesota Soil Judging team is starting their preparations for the 2016 Regional Soil Judging Contest hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 9th - 14th. The Minnesota Formation is strong this year, with 19 students participating and 6 returning members from last year's team. We'll need all of that enthusiasm and experience because the Gophers have a Regional title to defend!

Thank you to everyone who continues to support the team. Soil Judging remains the most important experiential opportunity for soils students. Our students will improve their ability to read landscapes, describe soil profiles, and make use and suitability interpretations. And in a much deeper sense, they will learn to be bridge builders, connecting with people through a shared love of the land and the soil resource that crosses all ethnic, cultural and political boundaries. For this reason, they are world changers, representing the heart and soul of the University of Minnesota and the United States Land Grant mission.

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Be at one with your textural triangles!