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University of Maryland Wins National Soil Judging Championship
The University of Maryland beat out 21 other colleges and universities from around the country to take home the top prize in the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Platteville April 21 through April 26. It marks the first time in 29 years the Terps have won this prestigious national competition. UMD’s previous victories came in 1984 and 1972.
Soil judging develops and tests a student’s ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world natural systems. To “judge” a soil, students spend one hour in a 5-foot-deep pit describing the characteristics of the various layers that have developed in the soil, the ability of the soil to transmit and retain water and support roots, the geological history of the site, the long-term processes of soil development, the classification of the soil, and the potential challenges of using the soil for land uses such as building a home. In this contest, students studied the fascinating and complex soils of the driftless (unaffected by glaciers) region of southwestern Wisconsin.
Teams we beat:
University of Rhode Island
Penn State University
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
North Carolina State University
Tennessee Tech University
West Virginia University
Northern Illinois University
Univerity of Illinois
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Arkansas
Iowa State University
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kansas State University
South Dakota State University
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
Utah State University
Oregon State University
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by LeeMajors 12 months ago
Nice. This makes up for our disappointing sixth place finish in the Warhammer tournament.
I once ran a D&D campaign that was based around the Eolian Sands.
Ignore me being a jerk.
This post was edited by BlackAnGold 12 months ago
NC State is jealous.
"roomers are for bitches and bitches get fucked up."
Good to Great!
As goofy as it sounds (and is to us), those guys know a shitload about soils and represented. Congratulations!
This post was edited by SATerp 12 months ago
Just the start of our B1G takeover of Wisconsin
Let there be peat on earth. These are the things that sustain you to platteville.
This post was edited by LeeMajors 12 months ago
CLUCK TUPAC LOVES SOIL!!!
We should win every National Championship that exists
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BlackAnGold 12 months ago
Don't feel threatened. The knife is for the soil.
and you shouldn't be. So far you have my picture, name and the club I'm associated with on campus. Trust me young one, I am extremely secure with my current place in life. I'm a veteran attending umd on the GI bill and just brought back the fucking soil judging national championship after a 29 year drought! no one can peat me!
This post was edited by BklynTerp 12 months ago
People who judge soil at a national championship level >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> people who brag about their chemical engineering internship.
I once got a D in a class about dirt my junior year.
Can you explain to us laymen what soil judging is?
And don't worry about Justerp. I'm sure he'd be over the moon if it wasn't attached to his neck.
I understand this being a competition, and hey, if someone's gonna win, it might as well be us, but does the soil judging team really need a coach and an assistant coach? Or are they really just faculty sponsors?
he looks like a normal fucking dude.
Lee. Marty isn't the coach of the team? i go way back with that dude/
Thank you all for the support and encouragement. I honestly expected the majority of responses to be like justerps', but this isnt the first time le suqueboard has fallen short of my expectations.
nats - Marty and Brian Needleman alternate years in terms of coaching. They are both pedology professors within the ENST department. He was my coach last year and I currently work in his lab. He actually may have been on the team the last time we won it in 1984, but I'll have to verify that. We finished 2nd at nationals last year in West Virginia, losing to Virginia Tech by something like 7 points.
ajefx- The coaches are a Professor and a Graduate Student within the pedology department. Our funding is all acquired through donations. Pretty much anyone who has anything to do with agriculture, soils and land use management in Maryland will annually donate some cash to us. We drove the 16 (more like 18) hours to Plattville, and we shacked up at the Belmont travel center in Belmont Wisconsin. The good part is that twenty other schools also travel and stay in hotels. Surprisingly, soil judging draws a fairly equal amount of both sexes. We get no respect in this contest. These are mostly extremely rural white farm kids. Most are pleasant but the judging looks are palpable (maybe they should have saved them for the contest). To go to the midwest and take 1st felt great.
Gumbercules - ill post a quick explanation here shortly.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by LeeMajors 12 months ago
Maryland dominated Penn State and N.C. State at something, which means it was a good weekend.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
When I read about stuff like this I get depressed because I think it sounds so much more interesting and fulfilling than the career I chose. So congrats you jerks.
Yeah, I'm just messing around. That's pretty awesome to win a national championship in something that you're passionate about.
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