Undergraduate

Lee Burras sets his Diet Pepsi on the podium and grabs a piece of chalk off the ledge. Class is about to begin.

Burras’ classroom is upbeat and adversarial; he encourages his students to challenge him as much as he challenges them. In order to keep students engaged he uses the chalkboard.

“I want students engaged,” says Burras. “I want whatever I’m talking about to come to life in front of them. I can’t make that happen with a Power Point presentation.”

Burras’ passion is infectious, not just for soils but also for life and for learning. His classes are some of the most sought after in the Department of Agronomy.

Congratulations! Our undergraduate Crops Team traveled to Goodwell, Oklahoma to participate in the contest hosted by Oklahoma Panhandle State University on February 10.

As a team, the group took Second place. Individual overall rankings include:

Coleman Kneifl – 4th
Joshua DeGroot – 5th
Daniel Feucht – 7th
Heather Wilson – 8th  

Our Katelyn Fritz, senior, was selected as the first-place winner of the American Seed Trade Association's "Better Seed, Better Life" student video competition. Katelyn's focus is in plant breeding and biotechnology.

Katelyn produced the video during her internship with Semilla Nueva, a small nonprofit working to sustainably overcome chronic malnutrition in Guatemala through biofortified corn.

The contest was sponsored by ASTA, the National Association of Plant Breeders, and the Tri-Socities (American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.)

 

The undergraduate Crops Team had a successful showing at their Fall contests placing second at both the American Royal in Kansas City and the CME contest in Chicago the week of November 13. 

American Royal - Individual placings
#3 - Derrick Hoodjer
#4 - Joshua DeGroot
#7 - Elizabeth Widder

CME - Individual placings
#2 - Joshua DeGroot
#4 - Derrick Hoodjer
#6 - Elizabeth Widder

Our undergraduates did a tremendous job at the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences meeting, held in conjunction with the tri-society meeting of the American Society of AgronomyCrop Science Society of America and 

Taylor Berkshire is a senior majoring ing Agronomy, Environmental Science and international Agriculture.

Alyssa Dean is a Junior in Agronomy and Agricultural Business.

This past summer, Alyssa worked for Heartland Coop in Treynor, Iowa and Henderson, Iowa as a crop scout/sales intern.

To this point, Alyssa has did a little bit of everything with her internship. She tissue sampled, hauled chemicals, scouted fields, set plot signs and met with growers. Alyssa said that “I was always busy doing something; there is never a dull moment during the work day. “

Josh Behnke is a Senior in Agronomy

He has been an Agronomy Club member for 3 years

This summer, Josh was located in Northeast Iowa, based out of Dubuque for DuPont Pioneer. His title was Northeast Iowa Agronomy Sales Intern; he worked with the “Pioneer field agronomists to help with service calls, population trials, new product plot evaluations/data as well as customer and sales rep relations”.

Adam Guy is a Senior in Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Business

Adam has been heavily involved with Agronomy Club. He is currently serving as the club’s treasurer. In the past served as our CALS council representative and social chair. He has helped at popcorn and doughnut sales, 4-H experience agronomy and attending fun club social events. 

Over the summer, Adam worked for the Iowa Soybean Association located in Ankeny, Iowa. When asked what his role is this summer he responded with “My role within the Iowa Soybean Association is working with the on-farm network to collect research data from on farm trials across the state of Iowa. Then I analyze the data collected and use it to correlate the results.” 

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