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U of A Soil Judging Team Wins the
2020 Virtual Regional Soil Judging Contest
The University of Arkansas Soil Judging Team, consisting of Katie Maxwell, Shane Ylagan, Machaela Morrison, Jonathan Brye, Arriana Ayala, and Lilly Stults (pictured left to right) and coached by Dr. Kris Brye, competed in the 2020 Regional Soil Judging Contest hosted virtually by Texas A & M University, Kingsville.
Out of 35 total participants, Machaela finished in 1st place, followed by Jonathan in 2nd place, Shane in 3rd place and Katie finished in 6th place.The team placed 3nd in the team-judged pit portion (lost a tie-breaker), and then the team went on to finish in 1st place overall in the contest. The 1st-place team finish was the third 1st-place finish in the past 5 years, earning the U of A team the opportunity to participate in the National Contest, for the 10th straight year, in the Spring of 2021.
Dr. Nathan Slaton, Director of Soil Testing has been named Interim Department Head for Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department. He joined the Division of Agriculture as a Jefferson County extension agent. He served as an area extension rice agronomist from 1990 to 1995 before being named extension agronomist for rice in 1995. In 2001, he moved to the agricultural experiment station side of the Division of Agriculture as an assistant professor and director of soil testing. In 2009, he was named professor. In 2016, he was appointed as a part-time assistant director of the station.