The Harvey County 4-H Horticulture Team competed in the State Contest on Aug. 17 at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The team of Kyler Zongker, Jadyn Eckert, Abby Banta, Kyle Basye and Isabelle Eckert placed fifth in the intermediate division.

Ely Redington competed in the senior division for Harvey County.

Youths are challenged in three areas with this event. First is identifying horticultural plants including fruit, vegetable annual and perennial plants, as well as trees and shrubs.

The second area of the contest is quality judging where four of the same commodity, such as four plates of apples, four pots of chrysanthemums, four plates of tomatoes, etc., are ranked best to worst according to quality.

The final area is a general horticulture knowledge exam based on horticulture videos from the Department of Horticulture at KSU. I am very proud of these kids for setting goals and improving their team score by about 250 points.

Don’t forget the extension office is taking applications for the Basic Master Gardener Volunteer program until Sept. 3. Class time is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and begins on Sept. 12 and will be conducted on Thursdays through Dec. 12. Contact our office if interested by calling 316-284-6930.


— Scott Eckert is a Kansas State Research and Extension agent for Harvey County. Horticulture is his specialty. The Harvey County Extension Office can be contacted at 284-6930.