GREENSBURG – The Greensburg FFA Crops Judging team captured the chapter’s first team championship in more than 48 years at the 4H/FFA Area One contest at South Ripley High School.
The team took three of the top five individual spots while competing against nearly 39 other contestants.
Members of the winning team were Cheyenne Dunn, Ashley Koontz, Becca McDole and Layne Sanders. Sanders, McDole and Dunn finishing in second, third and fifth place respectively.
The team will compete for the state title Dec. 14 at Purdue University.
In crops judging, contestants identify more than 100 crop and weed specimens in their plant and seed form, recognize crop damage factors, grade grain and display a knowledge of the plant industry.
The forestry team also had its highest finish ever in area competition by placing fourth out of 23 teams. Members of the team were Nick Cline, Andy Daishell, Renea Kramer and Emma Sanders.
They finished 11th, 16th, 17th and 26th respectively out of 89 contestants.
The fourth place finish also qualified the team for state competition.
Joanna led Greensburg’s #2 forestry to an 11th place finish with a 15th place individual finish.
Other members of the second team were Brandon Ketcham and Aaron Bell.
In forestry judging, contestants identify 90 specimens of forestry species by leaf, seed and wood. Contestants also must take an exam covering Indiana forestry.
– Daily News