Sunday, March 31, 2019

2019 NACTA Soil Judging: A Prelude - A Grand Tour of Eastern U.S. Physiographic Regions and Soils

The University of Minnesota Soil Judging Team will be participating in the 2019 NACTA Soil Judging Contest hosted by Murray State University out of Murray, KY the week of April 8th. On the road to Murray, we'll be taking a grand tour of eastern U.S. physiographic regions and soils - from the Coastal Plain of Virginia, the Piedmont of North Carolina, and the Appalachian Highlands of Tennessee in what is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience for our students.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the continued generosity of a group of private donors who make our travel possible. Without you, the amazing experience that is Soil Judging would not be available to our students. We are forever grateful for your contributions.

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.

The team will be leaving the St. Paul campus on Wednesday evening, April 3rd. Follow our blog for updates on class activities on our road to Murray and throughout the contest, and...

Be at one with your textural triangles!