Our next graduating senior is Nicholas Schuh in both Agronomy and Seed Science. In the spring semester, Nicholas will be attending Kansas State University in the plant breeding graduate student program. When Nick leaves, he will miss the agriculture community.
“I have learned as much from the people in agronomy as I have in the agronomy courses and that has made me a very well rounded and current agronomist.”
Introducing Derrick Kapayou, our next senior spotlight. He is a soil science and environmental quality option student. After graduation, he will be attending graduate school. Derrick is going to miss his mid-day naps after he graduates. But he is excited for the income that accompanies full time employment.
His favorite memory from Agronomy was Dr. Christian’s crop seed ID class, and his time spent in the greenhouse learning plant specimens. His Iowa State experience has involved bartending on the weekends and Agronomy studies all week.
December graduation is quickly approaching us! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to our Senior Spotlights showcasing the hardwork these seniors have put in during their time here.
Check out our first senior!
Hannah Corey, an environmental and soil science option, will be the Product Research and Development Director for Allendan Seed Company in Winterset, IA. She will be working in wildflower and native grass seed production. After graduation, she is excited for the challenge of her new career and to see what this next chapter of life will bring to her!
The Agronomy Club of Iowa State University traveled to Baltimore, Maryland at the beginning of November to attend the ASA conference. The ASA conference is the undergraduate part of the SASES. Agronomy Club had two retiring national officers, Katelyn Fritz and Michael Geissinger, as well as two newly elected national officers! Alyssa Swehla was elected as Member Relations and Marjorie Hanneman was elected as Vice President. Congratulations to both! The club made it to the semi-finals in the Quiz Bowl competition. The Quiz Bowl team consisted of four members; Andrew Blomme, Anne Dinges, Coleman Kneifl, and Nick Schuh. The material covered all different facets of agronomy.
Four Agronomy students competed in the North Central Weed Science Society Student Contest at Monsanto’s Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, NE on July 26. The team of Andrew Blomme, Hailey Daufeldt, Rebecca Johnson, and Heather Wilson finished second among undergraduate teams. The contest consists of events in weed identification, herbicide identification, sprayer calibration, and field problem solving. Andrew Blomme finished in first place in the individual sprayer calibration event. Bob Hartzler, Eric Jones, and John Hinz (Bayer Crop Science) served as coaches.
November 5-9th is National Distance Learning Week, sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Assocation (USDLA). The Department of Agronomy recognizes the importance and value distance education provides to students across the globe. Distance education in Agronomy dates back to the 1990s with the widespread availability of the internet. Today, two distance programs are offered in the Department of Agronomy.
Masters in Agronomy
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, development of the MS in Agronomy began in 1995 and the program enrolled its first students in 1998. The program offers tremendous value and accessibility to students who work full time while attaining an advanced degree. That value has been leveraged by students in 44 states and six countries around the globe.
Our Agronomy family sent a few members to National FFA Convention during October 24th - October 28th. They put in lots of hard workout throughout the past few years, and we are so proud of their accomplishments! Check them out below!
Colin Stark is now a sophomore from Pontiac, IL. He was a member of the Pontiac FFA chapter. Colin recently just got back from National Convention where he received his American Degree. In order to receive the highest degree through the FFA, he had to meet multiple requirements. Those requirements included earning a certain amount of profit or working a certain amount of hours through his project, along with fulfilling a specific amount of community service hours. Colin’s favorite part of the trip was getting to experience convention again with his chapter for the last time.
On Tuesday, October 16th the Agronomy Learning Community spent their class time painting pumpkins for the local retirement home here in Ames, Northcrest. In fact, a few of our very own retired faculty live there now! The students were given a list of the residents and what they enjoyed, or what their hobbies were, and painted a pumpkin for each one of the residents.The pumpkins were delivered on Sunday, October 21st by the learning community.
There are 46 residents in all, so 46 pumpkins were specially designed for each one. Some of the residents enjoyed things like fish, trumpets, the Chicago Cubs, embroidery, and pianos, along with various other hobbies and interests. The learning community has spent time together this semester doing various other activities as well, including things like movie nights, bowling and basketball. Once the holidays roll around, they will also be decorating cookies before winter break!
The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy’s very own soil team placed second in group judging and second overall out of eight teams in the soils contest hosted by Kansas State University. The team consists of 11 members; Jacob Wright, Kelli Roush, Erik Fevold, Eric Bro, Hannah Weber, John Green, Tristan Dittmer, Jacob Schultz, Austin Day, Collin Stark, and Catherine Thom. The team is coached by Amber Anderson, and her two assistants are Danny Brummel and Josh McDanel.
Women in Agronomy is an organization within the Department of Agronomy that focuses on the wonderful women in this major. Women in Agronomy began over 15 years ago, but over the past five or six years, it has become more and more active! Stephanie Zumbach works hard to plan events for young agronomy women so that they know they have a place in agronomy and in agriculture. Connecting these ladies to other women who are also agronomy majors, both professionally and socially, as well as connecting them to other women in agriculture is one of the biggest take away from being involved with Women in Agronomy.