For additional information, consult the project chairperson: Greg Stack; 11855 Archer Avenue; Lemont, IL 69439; Phone: 630 685-2355; Fax: 630 257-2088;Email: email@example.com
The production, marketing and buying of fruit, vegetable, flower and ornamental crops requires a detailed knowledge of many subject matter disciplines. This contest is a training program concerned with teaching youth to recognize and identify some of the most important horticultural crops, to learn criteria influencing quality and to be able to answer questions and solve problems relating to the art and science of horticulture.
University of Illinois Extension
11855 Archer Ave.
Lemont, IL 60439
Phone 630 685-2355
Fax: 630 257-2088
A. The contest has seven (7) divisions.
B. Contestants who have previously placed first (Grand National Award Winner) or been a member of a first place team in the 4-H, FFA, or Open Divisions will participate in the Honors Division.
C. The top individual in the Honors Division is automatically ineligible for further competition.
D. Special 4-H rules:
E. Coaches and other individuals not competing in the contest will not be allowed in the contest room while the contest is being conducted. After the last paper has been turned in the contest room will be open for observation and photography of the identification and judging sections. Answers will placed on the entries.
F. Entry Deadline: September 15. Consult with your leader for additional information.
The horticulture contest consists of three sections (Judging - 80 points, Identification - 200 points (250 for honors) and Horticultural Knowledge - 160 points) giving a total point score of 440 points (490 for honors).
Eight classes of four (4) plates each will be judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size. Two classes will be taken from the list of four commodity groups to be identified/judged (fruits and nuts, vegetables and herbs, flowering and indoor plants and woody ornamentals). Plates in each class will be ranked from first to last. Scores will be determined by a Hormel calculator. Oral reasons will not be required of contestants.
Eighty (80) objective questions (true-false and multiple choice) will be taken from information in this study manual and on this section of the website. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.
One hundred samples (100) will make up the third segment of the contest. Twenty-five (25) samples will be taken from each of the four (4) commodity groups. These commodity groups will be separated onto different tables and the participant will have a complete list of all items which could potentially appear. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts such as, but not limited to: stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products. A list of appropriate plant parts follows later in this chapter.
Participants in the honors division of the contest will identify 25 additional specimens. The specimens will come from all four groups and will not be segregated by category (randomly mixed).
Plaques will be presented only to those teams and individuals who have scored high enough to earn recognition as a national award winning team/individual. The following list details the placings that are eligible to receive medals.
Top individuals in each of the 7 divisions may also be eligible for a cash prize when available. The highest overall scoring individual of all the divisions is also eligible for a monetary prize in years that monies for such are available.