Agronomy's crop team attended the national spring invitation crops contest in mid April hosted by Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. The event was held in place of the NACTA event which had been canceled. The Iowa State team placed 2nd overall with Ben Kolbe placing 3rd as an individual overall and 1st as an individual in the math exam portion of the contest.
Members of the team were Rachel Casey, Jenna Cowan, Ben Kolbe, and Alyssa Swehla. Wyatt Bailey and Jacob Ewart participated as individuals.
The Iowa State Crops Team recently competed at a contest hosted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. The team found great success, placing 1st overall in the 4-year division. On the championship team were agronomy students; Rachel Casey, Jenna Cowen, and Benjamin Kolbe. Rachel placed 3rd, Jenna placed 4th, and Benjamin placed 5th as individuals. Alternate, Alyssa Swehla also did very well at the competition.
The Crops Team just returned from the Southern Plains Regional Crops contest hosted by Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, OK. The team placed 2nd overall and Shannon Breja placed 5th overall as an individual.
The team will be traveling to their next contest on March 7th. Great job team, thank you for being a great representation of the department. Good luck with your future contests!
The Agronomy Department hosted the Central Regional Crops Contest on Saturday, October 12th. Eighteen students from Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University competed in three events: plant and seed identification, grain grading and seed analysis.
The Iowa State team including Ted Hilgerson, Hannah Holdsworth and Ben Kolbe placed 2nd overall. Ben Kolbe also earned 5th place overall as an individual. Alternate team member Wyatt Westfall also competed.
The team is coached by Dr. Mindy DeVries and Assistant Coach Andrew Blomme. Preparations are now underway for the National Intercollegiate Crops Contest events to be held in November. Thanks to Mindy Devries-Gelder for organizing, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association and the many volunteers for their support of the event.
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.
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.