Horticulture Judging

The Horticulture Skill-A-Thon consists of four parts:

  • Judging
  • Reasons (optional, depending on materials available)
  • Written tests
  • Plant identification

The Yankton County 4-H Horticulture Skill-a-Thon (judging contest) will be held during Achievement Days on Saturday, August 5th from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Yankton County 4-H Building. Youth can come in to complete the contest any time during that time frame.

Rules and Regulations

  • The combined score of all sections is the participant’s overall score and determines the ribbon placing.
  • All age divisions have one or more plant identification classes.
  • Contest participants need to identify common plants from any of these parts: root, stem, flower or seed.
  • Plant samples vary for each age division, may be alive or preserved and may include, but are not limited to: stems,
    twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots bulbs, tubers or plant products.

Beginners:

  • 1 class vegetables
  • 1 class fruit
  • 1 class check type reasons
  • 1 class vegetable identification (edible portions only)
  • 1 class from the Beginner Plant Parts Study Guide and Your Vegetable Garden Study Guide

Juniors:

  • 1 class vegetables
  • 1 class fruit
  • 1 class flowers/indoor plants
  • 1 class check type reasons
  • 1 class from the Junior/Senior Plant Parts Study Guide
  • 1 class from NJHA study guides on Environment and Horticulture Plants and Vegetables
  • 1 class vegetable id (edible and/or seed portions)
  • 1 class fruit, nuts and berries identification (edible and/or seed portions)
  • 1 class landscape ornamentals identification (foliage only)

Seniors:

  • 1 class vegetables
  • 1 class fruit
  • 1 class flowers/indoor plants
  • 1 class check type reasons
  • 1 class from the Junior/Senior Plant Parts Study Guide
  • 1 class from NJHA study guides: Fruit& Nut Production and Garden Flowers
  • 1 class vegetable id (foliage, edible and/or seed portions)
  • 1 class fruit, nuts and berries identification (foliage, edible and/or seed portions)
  • 1 class landscape ornamentals identification (foliage, flower or seed portions)
  • 1 class flowers and indoor plants identification (flower or foliage)

Study Materials for Beginners

Study Materials for Juniors *Note: Juniors are also expected to know the Beginner materials.

Study Materials for Seniors *Note: Seniors are also expected to know the Beginner and Junior materials.

Additional Study Materials

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