Region V Soil Judging Handbook

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2022-10-02
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Iowa State University
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Anderson, Amber
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Burras, C.
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Agronomy

The Department of Agronomy seeks to teach the study of the farm-field, its crops, and its science and management. It originally consisted of three sub-departments to do this: Soils, Farm-Crops, and Agricultural Engineering (which became its own department in 1907). Today, the department teaches crop sciences and breeding, soil sciences, meteorology, agroecology, and biotechnology.

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The Department of Agronomy was formed in 1902. From 1917 to 1935 it was known as the Department of Farm Crops and Soils.

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1902–present

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  • Department of Farm Crops and Soils (1917–1935)

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This handbook provides information about the 2022 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest. This manual provides the rules, scorecard instructions, and additional information about the contest. This material has been adapted from previous handbooks, with some modification. Other references used to develop this handbook include Soil Survey Manual (Soil Division Staff, 1993), Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils v 3.0 (Schoeneberger et al., 2012), Keys to Soil Taxonomy 12th edition (Soil Survey Staff, 2014), Soil Taxonomy 2nd edition (Soil Survey Staff, 1999) and the Illustrated Guide to Soil Taxonomy v 2 (Soil Survey Staff, 2015). In keeping with recent contests, emphasis is placed on fundamentals such as soil morphology, taxonomy, and soil-landscape relationships.
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