Welcome to the Department of Agronomy
Discover the Possibilities!
Agronomy is expanding with the Agronomy Education Center Project
The proposed Agronomy Education Center will be located on the agronomy farm near the main campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan. The Agronomy Education Center would positively impact students of all ages, the university, corporate partners, and agriculturalists across the state, region, and world by enhancing our educational mission to serve the 3000+ individuals who utilize the agronomy farm each year. Learn more about our exciting Agronomy Education Center project
Just Another Day in Agronomy
The Wildcat Way: Chuck Rice
K-state crops team claims fifth straight national championship
MANHATTAN – The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion for the fifth year in a row. K-State teams have now won the crops contest championship in twelve of the past fifteen years. To win the 2013 national title, the team won both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 19 and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 23.
K-State placed first at both contests in plant-and-seed identification and grain grading, and second in seed analysis. Individually, the three K-State team members completed a rare sweep of the top three places in both contests.
Official members of the K-State team were Jeri Sigle, senior, Council Grove; Nathan Larson, sophomore, Kensington; and Morgan Halderson, senior, Delphos. Alternates were sophomores Sam Knauss, Paola; Tyler Herrs, Linn; and Ben Coomes, Girard. All are agronomy majors except Sigle, who is majoring in agricultural education with a minor in agronomy.
Sigle was the high individual overall in both contests. In Chicago she was first in grain grading with a perfect score, second in identification, and third in seed analysis. In Kansas City she was second in identification and seed analysis and fourth in grain grading.
Nathan Larson finished second overall in both contests, tying with Sigle in Chicago for first in grain grading with a perfect score, and finished first in identification and fifth in seed analysis. In Kansas City, he was first in identification and second in grain grading.
Morgan Halderson was third in both events, highlighted by first place in grain grading with a perfect score in Kansas City. She was second in grain grading in Chicago and fourth in identification in both contests.
Sam Knauss was an alternate in both contests, and he also posted a perfect score in grain grading in Kansas City. Tyler Herrs and Ben Coomes competed in Kansas City.
The team was coached by Kevin Donnelly, K-State professor of agronomy. Assistant coach was Hannah Christen, senior in agronomy from Oregon, IL, who was a member of the 2012 team.
In the contests, participants are required to identify 200 different plant or seed samples of crops and weeds; grade eight different samples of grain according to Federal Grain Inspection Service standards; and analyze ten seed samples to determine what contaminants they contain.
The American Royal assumed leadership of the Kansas City contest this year, with CHS Foundation as the primary sponsor. Additional sponsors were the American Society of Agronomy, DuPont Pioneer, and the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association.
The primary sponsor of the Chicago contest this year was the CME Group. In addition, donors in Chicago included the Crop Science Society of America, Growmark Cooperative, and the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.
For its performance, K-State received a team scholarship award from contest sponsors at Kansas City, and CME Group provided individual scholarships to the top five students at Chicago.
Locally, sponsors for the K-State Crops Team include the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Department of Agronomy, and the K-State Student Government Association.
Source: Kevin Donnelly, 785-532-5402, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Steve Watson, 785-532-7105, email@example.com
Kirkham receives Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award
K-State will lead effort to develop climate-resilient wheat
Kansas State University has been chosen to lead a new effort focused on developing wheat varieties that are resilient to the warming effects of climate change. The initial focus will be on wheat in South Asia, which typically produces 20 percent of the world’s wheat crop. Poland will lead the team, which includes researchers from K-State, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more...