Lower Loup NRD Hosts 2016 State Land Judging Contest

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the State Land Judging Committee hosted 188 competitors at the 2016 State Land Judging Contest north of Pleasanton in Buffalo County. Top individual competitor in the contest was Tanner Kauk of Alma, who scored a 358 out of a potential 400 points.  Second place went to Braden Peters of Pender (355), Lilia Aberle of Franklin was third (353) and Lily Pickrel of Fullerton was fourth (349).

First Place Alma team

The top team in the contest was the Alma team of Kauk, Jadyn Heckenlively, Jacob Barwick and Jenny Howsden.  The Franklin team of Aberle, Payton Rose, Matt Hudson, and Taylor Falkenstine was second.  Norris team of Aaron Deunk, Renea Mitchell, Austin Barber and Kaili Jorgens was third.  Pender's fourth place team included Peters, Cylan Roth, Janes Bensen, and Leland Bowder.  In fifth place was the Red Cloud team of Mary Nibbe, Julia Shipman, Tristan Niles, and Morgan Nibbe.  The top five teams all quailify for the National Range and Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 2-4, 2017.

Here are the complete results for teams, individuals, and adults.

Land Judging students


The adult competition was won by Lee Schroeder of West Point with a score of 392 out of 400.  Second place went to Kevin Wetovick of Fullerton and Dave Rocker of Franklin was third.  

Students in soil pit