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Crops Judging

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Crop judging participants evaluate crops for seed and factors affecting market quality, and identify crop and weed seeds and plants. Becoming a proficient crop judge includes:

  • identification of crops grown in North Dakota and the region
  • the correct identification of weed mounts and weed seeds

Who May Enter

Counties may enter any number of participants in any of the divisions.

Counties with less than three participants in a division may combine with other counties to form a team of three or more, provided that no county involved has more than two participants in that division. The combination teams must register together

Age Requirements

  • Junior division: 4‐H members age 8‐13 at the start of the 4‐H year (before September 1).*
  • Senior division: 4‐H members age 14‐18 at the start of the 4‐H year (before September 1
  • Open division: Any youth (all ages) or adult not eligible for one of the 4‐H divisions, or a dual 4‐H/FFA member wishing to judge FFA only.
    • *Note: youth age 13 at the start of the 4‐H year are eligible in either the senior or junior 4‐H division.

Levels of Involvement
County: Contact your county Extension office for local dates.
State: The state 4‐H crop judging event will take place during the North Dakota Winter Show.

Contact your NDSU Extension County 4-H Agent for required registration form.

Rules and Procedures
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