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UMD Terrapin Soil Judging Team Wins 2019 National Championship

On April 18 and 19, the University of Maryland Terrapins captured first place in the 59th National Soils Competition hosted by the California Polytechnic and State University and held in the vicinity of San Luis Obispo, CA, where twenty six universities from seven regions around the country were competing for the prize. >>

University of Maryland Wins 2018 NE Regional Soil Judging Competition

2018 Regional Soils TeamIt was a raw and grueling day in southwest Ohio, with rain and temperatures in the 40s, but the UMD Soil Judging Team showed real grit as they persevered under such adverse conditions, and at the end of the day Terp Soil Judgers walked away with 1st Place awards for both the group judging and as the overall the Team winner. >>

Maryland Soil Judging Team Earns Top Four Finish at National Contest

The University of Maryland Soil Judging had a successful trip to the 2018 National Soil Judging Contest, finishing 4th out of twenty-two universities from seven regions around the country.

Digging it: Soil Judging Team Featured in TERP

Jessica Rupprecht ’14 climbs out of a 5-feet-deep pit in the woods somewhere 10 miles south of Frederick, Md. She sits on an overturned five-gallon pail, running a chunk of soil between her fingers. She presses it between her thumb and forefinger. She spritzes it with water. She scribbles on her scorecard, a small smile on her face.

University of Maryland Soil Judgers Head to the 2014 National Contest

On October 25, the University of Maryland Soil Judging Team placed second in the Northeast Regional Soil Competition that was held near Frederick, MD. The University of Maryland entered two teams among a field of twelve, from six universities including Delaware Valley College, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Rhode Island.

WAMU Article: Inside The World Of... Competitive Soil Judging

You might think of College Park as a basketball town. You could also make a case for women's lacrosse — that program has won ten national championships. Associate professor of soil science, Brian Needelman, is a bit of a contrarian, however.


Terps Dig Deep to Win National Championship

The University of Maryland beat out 21 other colleges and universities from around the country to take home the top prize in the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Platteville April 21 through April 26. It marks the first time in 29 years the Terps have won this prestigious national competition. UMD’s previous victories came in 1984 and 1972.

Terps Dig Deep to Win National Championship

Members of UMD's National Championship-winning Soil Judging Team were profiled on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Watch the video below or click here to link to the full article:

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