Brumm qualifies for international soils competition

April 12, 2018

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The Collegiate Soils Team at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently placed among the top teams in the National Collegiate Soils Contest, hosted by the University of Tennessee-Martin. The UW-Platteville team qualified for this competition by placing second in regionals last fall, which was hosted by UW-Whitewater.

The event involves intensive study of soils and landscapes of a region and culminates in both individual and group competitions, which test the participants’ abilities to describe and classify soils using the scientific system, Soil Taxonomy. Contestants also determine limitations of the soil for specific land uses, such as building sites and septic systems based on specific soil properties. Scoring is based on the agreement between the contestants’ descriptions and those of professional soil scientists serving as contest officials.

Daniel Brumm, of Appleton, Wisconsin; Michelle Cliff, of Patch Grove, Wisconsin; Samuel Peetz, of Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin; Isaac Welsh, of Broadhead, Wisconsin; Ian Allaman, of Monmouth, Illinois; and Wrangler Jones, of Elroy, Wisconsin, participated in the contest. Eighty-nine students from 22 teams representing 23 universities participated in the individual contest, and more than 100 students participated in the group competition.

Brumm and Cliff placed fourth and 11th, respectively, in the individual competition. By placing among the top eight individuals, Brumm qualified for the third International Soil Judging Contest, to be held this August near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in conjunction with the 21st World Congress of Soil Science. Brumm and teammates from seven different universities will represent the United States in the competition. Teams from the United States have won the first two International Soil Judging Contests, held in South Korea in 2014 and Hungary in 2015. 
Funding for team travel was provided by the Segregated University Fees Allocation Commission and the donations made by alumni and friends to the UW-Platteville Foundation – Soils and Crops Teams Endowment Fund.

The Collegiate Soils Team is coached by Dr. Chris Baxter, professor of soil and crop science at UW-Platteville.

Press release provided by Dr. Christ Baxter, UW-Platteville.


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