Upcoming Events

December 2018

5           National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush- ULNRD Office Closed

13         Board Meeting- ULNRD Office @ 3 pm CT

25         Christmas Day-ULNRD Office Closed


January 2019

1          New Year's Day- ULNRD Office Closed

10        Board Meeting- ULNRD Office @ 3pm CT

15        Hazard Mitigation Meeting- Mullen Village Office @ 6pm MT

16        Hazard Mitigation Meeting- ULNRD Office @ 9am CT

16        Hazard Mitigation Meeting- Logan County Courthouse @ 3pm CT

21        Martin Luther King Jr. Day- ULNRD Office Closed


February 2019

7          Board Meeting- ULNRD Office @ 3pm CT

18        President's Day- ULNRD Office Closed






« 2017 Adventure Camp about the Environment Dates Announced | Main | Fall is the Time to start Tree Planning »

ULNRD Hosted North Central Land Judging Contest

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts provide many educational activities for students across the state every year. One of these activities for high school students is area Land Judging contests. This year, the Upper Loup Natural Resource District held the North Central Land Judging contest in Logan County.

On a chilly October morning, over 150 students in the North Central region of the state gathered at the Arnold Community Center to compete for a chance to make it to the state contest. High school students from Arcadia, Broken Bow, Callaway, Fullerton, Loup City, Ord, Palmer, St. Edward, Twin River and Verdigre schools put their skills to the test on October 6th.

Land Judging challenges students to gain a better understanding of soil structure and land evaluation. Land judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize the physical features of the soil, determine land capability for crop production, and evaluate management practices needed for proper stewardship. Soil, land and home-site evaluation provide a setting for students to investigate the soils in their region, the environment that surrounds them and their effect on their daily lives.

The top four schools were invited to compete in the state competition on October 26th in Pleasanton, Nebraska. From the North Central contest, Fullerton placed first, Palmer finished in second place, third place went to Verdigre, and finishing in fourth place was Ord.

The final results from the North Central contest, as well as the Nebraska Land Judging state contest can be found at

Many months of planning and organizing are put into preparing for these contests that involve hundreds of students. Larry Schultz from the Lower Loup NRD, and Chuck Markley from the North Platte NRCS brought their years of expertise to help the Upper Loup NRD run this contest. Staff members from the Upper Loup NRD, NRCS in Thedford, NRCS in Broken Bow, NRCS in North Platte, and other volunteers happily took time out of their day to help transfer students between stations, read instructions, score the students’ cards and other activities. Overall, the contest was a success and finished just in time before the rain and sleet began to fall.

References (5)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>