Soil Judging Competitions

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Soil judging competitions involve university students competing to correctly identify soil features, classify soil profiles, and interpret soil capability. The first Australian soil judging competition was held in conjunction with Soil Science Australia’s National Soils Conference in Hobart in 2012, with teams from five states competing. An Australian team competed in the International Soil Judging Competition held in conjunction with the World Congress of Soil Science in Korea in 2014, and the 2017 competition held in Toowoomba Queensland included a record 12 teams, including two New Zealand teams.

Soil Science Australia runs a national soil judging competition and individual branches support teams from their state.

Click here for a copy of the Australian Soil Judging Competition handbook.

Watch our 2021 invitation video.


2012 Hobart, Tasmania
2014 Melbourne, Victoria
2014 Jeju, Korea
2015 Perth, Western Australia
2016 Queenstown, New Zealand
2017 Toowoomba, Queensland
2018 Canberra, Australia Capital Territory
2019 Adelaide, South Australia
2020 Virtual Online
2021 Cairns, Queensland