Atwater High School FFA Cotton Judging Teams Earn Top Finish
The Atwater High School FFA Cotton judging team joined 200 students and eighteen high schools throughout the central valley at the annual Corcoran Cotton Judging Contest held at Corcoran High School on Saturday, October 13th. The Atwater FFA “A” team placed 1st overall in the advanced contest with Michael Bray and Emmanuel Mejia placing 1st and 2nd overall, while the Atwater FFA “B” team placed 2nd overall in the novice contest with Emma Garcia placing 1st and Kaya Briscoe placed 4th overall.
Cotton judging involves six main components spread out in a variety of categories and/or classes. The first area is the evaluation of the cotton plants based on uniformity, market yield, and balance. Cotton seeds are evaluated on maturity, lack of trash or foreign materials, uniformity, and quality. Cotton bolls are evaluated on color, size, lack of trash or foreign material, and uniformity. Cotton lint is evaluated on color, quality (free of naps or nips), and the lack of trash or foreign material. Students are also required to give oral reasons to a judge to communicate and justify their class placings. The final aspect is a written exam on the cotton industry and practices utilized within the industry.
The next contest is this upcoming weekend at Modesto Junior College with the California State Cotton Judging Championship scheduled on November 3rd at Fresno State University. “I’m very proud of our students and their effort,” said FFA advisor and Cotton coach Natalie Borba. “Our goal is to continue to improve as there are some quality agriculture programs involved in the competition.”
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .
Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301