Milbank FFA Range team advances to national event

Farm Forum

The Milbank Ag Ed/FFA Chapter Range team placed first in the Northeast Range Career Development event held on October 2. The Milbank Range team members are Kiera Leddy, 1st individual placing; Brock Tillma, 3rd individual placing; Kadon Leddy, 4th individual placing; and Sean Pinkert, 6th individual placing, all Gold placing. Other team members placing in Range event were Sharon Folk, Gold placing. Bronze placing

were Claire Kastrup, Mikayla Brakke and Natalie Stohr. The team was coached by Krecia Leddy. The Milbank Range team will compete at the National Range Event near Oklahoma City in April.

In the Range Management Event, the students must be able to determine the type of range site, ecological status, beef cattle carrying capacity, beef cattle habitat, beef cattle management goals, prairie grouse habitat and prairie grouse management goals and needed management practices. The final part of the Range Event is having the students identify twenty key range plants, their life span, season of growth and if the plant is suitable for beef cattle food, prairie grouse food and cover.

In the Land Management Career Development Event, Melissa Lendards received a silver placing and the other team mates include Taylor Seehfer, Caleb Seehafer and Zach Wiese.

In the Land Management Event, the students must determine the surface and subsurface textural class, soil depth, past erosion, slope, stoniness, permeability (movement of air and water in the soil), surface runoff, limiting factors and land capability class. The students then must determine the vegetative treatment, mechanical erosion treatment and fertility treatment for the site. After determining the land factors, the students use the information to evaluate the site for homesite, taking in factors of lawn development, foundation, flooding and septic systems.

The Northeast Land and Range Career Development Event is a state FFA event sponsored by the Soil Conservation Service and Extension range specialists to instruct agriculture education students about proper range and land management and career opportunities associated with soil and range management conservation studies.