Soil Judging Contest

Picture1The Soil Judging Contest provides high school students with an awareness of the common characteristics of soil, how these characteristics affect selected uses of the soil, and how some land uses may be ‘judged’ to be better than others based on soil features.  The primary goal of this program is to provide students with a team-based educational opportunity to learn about soils and to test their understanding; the competitive aspect of the contest is secondary.  The Soil Judging Contest is open to teams in grades 9 through 12, and home schooled students of comparable scholastic achievement.

This program is made possible by support and staff from the NH Association of Conservation Districts, the Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,  and the natural resource professionals from the private sector who generously volunteer their time.


2018 Soil Judging Contest

8:30am-Noon, October 4th, at the UNH Kingman Farm in Madbury, NH

Please register your teams by September 28, 2018. 

Register online:

or call (603) 749-3037 or email


A newly revised version of the Soil Judging Manual is coming for 2018! Please check back here for it soon. In the meantime, you can refer to the last version below. 

Review the Soil Judging Guide and the rules before the contest. Students should bring a copy of the guide to the contest, as well as pencils and clipboards.


Soil Judging Guide

Soil Judging Competition Rules