Crops Team

Crops Team

Our Iowa State Crops Team Recently traveled to Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to compete at the NACTA Judging Conference. The team participated in the Crops contest which consisted of Plant and Seed Identification, lab practical, including knowledge of insects, equipment, herbicides, fertilizers, and more, a math practical, and an agronomic exam.

Team members are Andrew Blomme, Shannon Breja, Jenna Cowan, and Alyssa Swehla. Individuals who also competed were Ben Kolbe, Ted Hilgerson, and Hannah Holdsworth. Dr. Mindy DeVries is their coach.

Mindy Devries
Dr. Mindy L Devries-Gelder

Iowa State took home the Overall Sweepstakes Award for the fourth year in a row at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Contest held at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska on April 21. Teams from across the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences competed in seven competitions to take the sweepstakes award. The students also took first place in the Ag Knowledge Bowl for the eighth consecutive year.

The Crops Team took first place in the crops contest for the fifth time in the last six years.

Top placing individuals in the crop contest:

Daniel Feucht: 1st place
Elizabeth Widder: 3rd place
Joshua DeGroot: 4th place
Coleman Kneifl: 5th place
Heather Wilson: 6th place

Our crops team traveled to the Kansas Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Crops Contest on Friday, March 9 in Manhattan, Kansas. Overall, the team placed second in the four-year division.

Individual placings:

2nd place - Joshua DeGroot

4th place - Daniel Feucht

6th place - Andrew Blomme

10th place - Elizabeth Widder

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  

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

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