Over 400 Compete In Area IV Range Contest In Valley County

September 28, 2017

Payton Placke of Palmer, John Wetovick of Fullerton, and teams from Sargent and Ord finished first in their divisions of the 2017 Area 4 Range Judging Contest.  The event was held Wednesday, September 20th, at the Davis Creek State Wildlife Management Area near North Loup and drew 425 competitors: 409 students and 16 instructors. The contest was sponsored by the Lower Loup Natural Resources District, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Ord and the UNL Central IV Extension Service. 

In the Senior Division, open to 11th and 12th graders, Placke scored 527 points for first place and Corri Slagle of Sargent finished second with 522 points.  In the Junior Division, Wetovick took top honors with 514 points and Bridget Slagle of Sargent was second with 509 points.  The Adult/Professional division was won by Phil Simpson of Burwell, who scored 556 points in the contest.

In the team competition, the Sargent senior team of Slagle, Justin Kemp, Joe Kruml and Colten Brown finished in the top spot.  An Ord team, featuring Amber Staab, Sam Lech, Quinton Ries, and Tye Bruha finished first in the junior division.  Senior teams are made up of 11th and 12th graders while junior teams consist of sophomore and freshmen contestants.

A complete list of results can be found here.

Range judging is just one of several environmental and natural resources contests and events hosted by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UNL Extension.  Range judging provides the opportunity for students to understand the basic principles of range ecology, including soil-plant and plant-animal interactions.  Contestants demonstrate their knowledge of range plants and their growth habits, livestock forage value and other characteristics.

Teams representing Amherst, Anselmo-Merna, Arcadia, Boone Central, Burwell, Central Valley, Cozad, Fullerton, Kearney, Litchfield, Loup City, Loup County, Ord, Palmer, Riverside, Sargent, St. Paul, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, Twin River, Wheeler Central, and Wood River participated in the event.  

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