Land Judging Manual
The manual developed for local land judging in Oklahoma in the 1940s was later adopted as the national manual in the 1950s. This manual has been adopted by some states as their land judging manual, while other states such as Washington, Hawaii, and Florida have each developed their own state-specific manuals. These manuals are all similar in approach in that land judgers are asked to observe soil and then make land use decisions. What is observed or considered and the decisions made are more specific to the states conditions. For example, depth to water table (drainage) is important in the sandy, wet state of Florida but not considered in the national contest. In Washington, they consider the lenght of the frost season when determining capability class. The first Florida land judging mimeograph (no copy available) identified this and all Florida manuals since then have been Florida-specific. To the right you will find copies of the current and old copies of the Florida manual.
Existing Manual: Land Judging in Florida
We currently recognize the 2009 EDIS document Land Judging in Florida as the official manual and rules for Florida Land Judging at the local and state contests. This document is currently out of print through UF IFAS. You can download a pdf copy on the righthand side of this page. We will revise this manual in summer 2017.
A revised manual will be posted in draft form late spring early summer. Please contact Dr. Ellis for comments or input before the draft is posted or after. The final version will be available before the Fall 2017 school year starts.
The 2018 state contest will use the revised manual. Don't expect radical changes. There will be revisions, not a total rewrite.
At the 2017 contests, quite a number of folks approached me for a training. I apologize for the fall training that never materialized (was a busy fall). A new manual would be a good reason to have a training. I'll try to see what I can figure out.