BHS hosts FFA Land, Range, Plant ID competition
The Bandera High School FFA Land and Range team participated in and hosted the Area VII judging contest on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Jennings Ranch in Bandera. Approximately 280 students from 16 schools all over Region VII competed in this Career Development Event.
The BHS Range Team earned 8th place over-all, scoring over 300 points higher than they did in last year's competition. Teams consist of 3-4 students with the top three scores counting toward the competition.
Students on the BHS Range Team included Luke Williams, Kodie Ryan, Marshall Michaulic and Courtney Flach. Williams was the high scorer for the team.
An actual pasture is evaluated during the Range portion of the contest, on the basis of characteristics of the soil exposed and observations of landscape conditions- slope, gullies, etc. Team members make pasture management recommendations using information provided on a "pasture condition sheet" and by observing landscape and vegetative features. The range evaluation portion of the competition requires members to record the degree of utilization, kind of site, range condition and the predominant decreaser, increaser, and invader plant species while also recommending range management practices.
Members of Land Teams judged sites based on characteristics of the soil and observations of landscape conditions, then recommend land treatments considering factors such as soil characteristics, vegetative conditions and planned use for the site.
Students who participated on the BHS Land Team were Courtney Netherton, Joe Reeves, Justin Galley, Cody Jacobsen and Hunter Copeland.
In the Plant Identification portion of the competition, contestants identify samples of grasses, forbs, legumes, and woody plants and for each indicate length of life, season of growth, origin, and the economic values of the species on wildlife and grazing.
Trey Schwartz and Kade Ryan competed in the Plant ID contest and are set to join the Range Team next year to replace the graduating seniors.
The Home Site Evaluation part of the competition introduces students to non-agronomic use of land including, but not limited to, the suitability of various types of land for building sites, home sanitation systems, impoundment structures, lawns and other construction considerations. Winners in these contests advance to state competition in April.