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2017 Collegiate Crops Team

K-State Crops Team Wins National Championship & Top Individual Awards

Released: December 5th, 2017

K-State 2017 Collegiate Crops Team
2017 Collegiate Crops Team (l to r):
Dr. Kevin Donnelly (coach), Kaylin Fink, Tyler Marr, Keren Duerksen, Trent Frye, Nathan Ryan, Noah Winans, Rebecca Zach, Wes Jennings, Sarah Zerger (asst. coach)

MANHATTAN – The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champions by winning both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 14 and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 18.  K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in fifteen of the past nineteen years.  This was the ninth straight win for K-State in the Chicago contest, surpassing the previous record of eight set by the University of Minnesota from 1969-1976.  Iowa State University was close behind in second place at both events, and the University of Minnesota-Crookston took third.  

Official members of the K-State team were Keren Duerksen, Newton, junior in agronomy, Kaylin Fink, Chapman, junior in agronomy, and Nathan Ryan, Louisburg, MO, sophomore in agronomy.  Alternate contestants were agronomy majors Rebecca Zach, Morrowville, sophomore, Westley Jennings, Salina, sophomore, Tyler Marr, Formosa, senior, Trent Frye, Belleville, senior, and Noah Winans, Tekonsha, MI, sophomore.

In both contests, the K-State team took first place in the plant and seed identification phase of the contest and placed second in seed analysis.  In grain grading, they were first at Chicago and second at Kansas City. 

At Chicago, Keren Duerksen was the first place individual overall.  She won both the plant and seed identification and seed analysis components, and finished fourth in grain grading.  Kaylin Fink finished in third place overall, third in both seed analysis and identification, and seventh in grain grading.  Nathan Ryan was fifth overall, placing as the high individual in grain grading, sixth in identification, and eighth in seed analysis. 

At Kansas City, Nathan Ryan was the top individual overall, where he won the grain grading component with a perfect score.  He also was first in identification and fourth in seed analysis.  Keren Duerksen was the second place individual overall, placing second in identification, third in seed analysis, and fourth in grain grading.  Kaylin Fink placed fifth overall, third in identification, sixth in seed analysis, and eighth in grain grading. 

The team was coached by Kevin Donnelly, K-State professor of agronomy.  Sarah Zerger, agronomy senior from Cheney, was the assistant coach. 

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 coordinated the Kansas City contest, with DuPont Pioneer as the primary awards sponsor.  Additional sponsors were GFG Ag Services, Bayer, CHS Foundation, American Society of Agronomy, Association of Official Seed Analysts, and South Dakota Crop Improvement Association.

The primary sponsor of the Chicago contest was the CME Group. Additional 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, College of Agriculture, and the K-State Student Government Association. 

Source: Kevin Donnelly, 785-532-5402, kjd@k-state.edu

Edited by: Kathy Gehl, 785-532-3354, kgehl@k-state.edu

2016 Collegiate Crops Team

K-State Crops Team shares 2016 national championship title

Released: Dec. 1, 2016

Team members sweep top three individual spots in Chicago contest.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University Crops Team completed the fall season on Nov. 19 by taking the top three individual placings to win the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest by 104 points over Iowa State University. Earlier in the week, Iowa State edged the K-State team by six points in the Kansas City American Royal contest, resulting in a shared national championship for 2016.

This was the 8th straight win for K-State in the Chicago contest, matching the record set by the University of Minnesota from 1969-1976. K-State teams have now won or shared the collegiate crops contest championship in 20 of the past 23 years. 

Official members of the K-State team were agronomy majors Jessi Bramhall, Seneca, senior; Sarah Zerger, Cheney, junior; and Hayden Guetterman, Bucyrus, senior. Alternate contestants were sophomores Keren Dureksen, Newton, and Kaylin Fink, Chapman.

In both contests, the K-State team took first place in both the grain grading and the plant and seed identification phases of the contest, and placed second in seed analysis. At Chicago, each team member won one component, and a 1-2-3 finish in grain grading sealed the win for K-State.

Jessi Bramhall was the high individual overall and the high individual in seed analysis. Sarah Zerger took second overall and was the high individual in plant and seed identification with a perfect score, the first since 1994 in the Chicago contest. Hayden Guetterman was third high individual, and won the grain grading section. Bramhall was second in identification and third in grain grading. Zerger placed second in grain grading while Guetterman placed fourth in seed analysis and fifth in identification.

At Kansas City, Jessi Bramhall was second overall, second in identification, third in seed analysis and fifth in grain grading. Sarah Zerger placed fourth overall, second in grain grading and fifth in seed analysis and identification. Hayden Guetterman was eighth overall and fourth in identification.

The team was coached by Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy. Assistant coaches were Nicole Sudbeck, agronomy junior from Seneca, and Samantha L’Ecuyer, agronomy senior from Morrowville.

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 10 seed samples to determine what contaminants they contain.

The American Royal coordinated the Kansas City contest, with CHS Foundation as the primary financial 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 was the CME Group. Additional 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.

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Story by:
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K-State Crops Team wins Australian Universities Crops Competition

Released: Oct. 12, 2016

The event was held in New South Wales at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre.

MANHATTAN – Five members of the Kansas State University Crops Team recently returned from a study trip to Australia where they took first place in the Australian Universities Crops Competition. The event was hosted by the Australian Grain Growers organization and was held in Temora, New South Wales.

K-State Crops Team members making the trip were: Samantha L’Ecuyer, Morrowville, Kansas; Nicole Sudbeck, Seneca, Kansas; Michaela Simmelink, Downs, Kansas; Jessi Bramhall, Seneca, Kansas; and Sarah Zerger, Cheney, Kansas. The team was accompanied by coach Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy, and Kim Kerschen, academic coordinator in agronomy.

L’Ecuyer took second place overall individual in the contest. Bramhall was 6th and Sudbeck placed 10th overall individual.

Teams from Iowa State University, Virgina Tech University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville also competed, along with several agricultural universities across southern and western Australia.

Three team members, L’Ecuyer, Sudbeck and Simmelink, were awarded a stipend from the American Society of Agronomy to cover their travel expenses as a result of previously placing 1-2-3 in the U.S. Collegiate Crops contests in Kansas City and Chicago held in November, 2015. The K-State team previously participated in the Australian Universities Crops Competition in 2012 and 2014. They also placed first as a team in 2014.

The competition was held over two days at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre, managed by FarmLink. The contest included a seed identification section, three exams over production of selected Australian crops, commercial grading of wheat samples, a business management problem, field yield estimates and management recommendations, and a live crop, weed and disease evaluation component.

Before and after the competition, contestants toured research projects being conducted on site and at farms in the area. Learning about canola and Australian white wheat production, ryegrass herbicide resistance problems, and the use of pulse crops such as lupins and fieldpeas in crop rotations were highlights for the U.S. team.

The students also took the opportunity to learn about Australia. The trip began with visits to popular sites in Sydney, followed by a trip to the Great Barrier Reef at Cairns. They also visited the Atherton Tablelands region in Queensland to observe tropical agriculture including sugar cane production and a coffee plantation. On the trip to Temora, the group visited the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

After the competition, they toured Charles Sturt University and the Rhizolysimeter Center at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The trip also included with two farm visits in the Junee area featuring mixed cropping systems integrating wheat, canola and pulse crops with pasture crops supporting sheep production.

In addition to the grant funds from the American Society of Agronomy, the trip was sponsored by the K-State Department of Agronomy. The College of Agriculture also provided international travel scholarships to the Kansas State University students.

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Story by:
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Additional Information:
Kevin Donnelly - 785-532-5402 or kjd@k-state.edu

2015 Collegiate Crops Team

Sweep by K-State Crops Team leads to Seventh Straight National Championship

Released: Dec. 8, 2015

MANHATTAN – The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national Collegiate Crops Contest champion for the seventh year in a row. K-State teams have now won this contest in 14 of the past 17 years.

To win the 2015 national title, the team won both the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 19 and the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 23. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville placed second in both events, while the University of Minnesota-Crookston took third.  

Official members of the K-State team were Samantha L’Ecuyer, Morrowville, junior in agronomy; Nicole Sudbeck, Seneca, sophomore in agronomy; and Michaela Simmelink, Downs, senior in animal sciences and industry. Alternate contestants were agronomy majors Brett Manville, Valley Falls, senior; Hayden Guetterman, Bucyrus, junior; Jessi Bramhall, Seneca, junior; and Sarah Zerger, Cheney, sophomore. 

The team swept the team and individual awards at both the Kansas City and Chicago contests. K-State placed first at both events in all three phases of the contest: plant and seed identification, grain grading, and seed analysis. Individually, the three K-State team members placed 1-2-3 overall in both contests. Such a sweep of all three contest parts and the top three individual placings at both contests is very rare, and has only been accomplished once previously in the 82-year history of the contests -- also by K-State, in 2009.

Samantha L’Ecuyer took first place overall at both contests. She won all three components at Kansas City, with perfect scores in both grain grading and seed analysis. At Chicago, she also had a perfect score in grain grading, and was first in seed analysis and second in identification.  Her overall score of 1796.8 out of 1800 possible points in Kansas City was the fourth highest ever in the contest, and the highest since a perfect overall score in 1965.  

Nicole Sudbeck was second overall in both contests. At Chicago, she was first in plant and seed identification, second in grain grading and third in seed analysis. At Kansas City, she was second in all three components. 

Michaela Simmelink placed third in both events. She also had a perfect score in grain grading in Kansas City for a first place tie with L’Ecuyer, and was third in seed analysis and fourth in identification. At Chicago, she was third in both grain grading and identification and sixth in seed analysis.

The team was coached by Kevin Donnelly, K-State professor of agronomy. Assistant coaches were Ben Coomes, agronomy senior from Girard, and Marshall Hay, agronomy graduate teaching assistant from Lynnville, Iowa.

In the contests, participants were 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 10 seed samples to determine what contaminants they contain.

The American Royal coordinated the Kansas City contest, with CHS Foundation as the primary financial 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 was the CME Group. Additional 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, K-State Department of Agronomy, and the K-State Student Government Association.

 

Story by: Steve Watson, 785-532-7105 or swatson@k-state.edu

For more information: Kevin Donnelly, 785-532-5402 or kjd@k-state.edu

2014 Collegiate Crops Team

K-State Crops Team Claims Sixth Straight National Championship

December Crops

The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion for the sixth year in a row. K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in 13 of the past 16 years. To win the 2014 national title, the team won both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 18 and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 22.

Official members of the K-State team were Sam Knauss, Paola; Tyler Herrs, Linn; and Ben Coomes, Girard — all juniors majoring in agronomy. Alternates for both contests were Samantha L’Ecuyer, Morrowville, sophomore in agronomy, and Michaela Simmelink, Downs, senior in animal sciences and industry. Hayden Guetterman, Bucyrus, sophomore in agronomy, was also an alternate in Kansas City.

At Kansas City, the K-State team placed first in all three phases of the contest: plant-and-seed identification, grain grading, and seed analysis. At Chicago, they were first in identification and grain grading, and second in seed analysis. Individually, the three K-State team members placed first, second and third in Kansas City, posting the highest team score since Texas Tech University in 1965 in this contest. All three also were in the top five in Chicago.

Sam Knauss led the K-State team with a first place sweep of both Kansas City and Chicago. In doing so, he also placed first in all three components in both contests, a result that has never been accomplished in the 81-year history of both contests. His total score of 1794 out of a possible 1800 in Kansas City was the highest individual performance there since 1965.

Ben Coomes was second overall in Kansas City and fifth in Chicago. He placed third in all three components in Kansas City. At Chicago, he was third in identification, fourth in grain grading, and fifth in seed analysis.

Tyler Herrs finished third in Kansas City and fourth in Chicago. At Kansas City, he placed second in identification and seed analysis and fourth in grain grading. At Chicago, he was fourth in identification and analysis and fifth in grain grading.

The team was coached by Kevin Donnelly, K-State professor of agronomy.

The American Royal coordinated the Kansas City contest, with CHS Foundation as the primary financial 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 was the CME Group. Additional donors in Chicago included the Crop Science Society of America, Growmark Cooperative, and the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.

Locally, sponsors for the K-State Crops Team include the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, agronomy department and the K-State Student Government Association.

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.

Story by: Steve Watson
swatson@ksu.edu
K-State Research & Extension News 

K-State Crops Team Wins Australian Universities Crops Competition

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Six members of the Kansas State University Crops Team recently returned from a study trip to Australia where they also took first place in the Australian Universities Crops Competition. The event was hosted by the Australian Grain Growers organization in Temora, New South Wales. The K-State team traveled with an Iowa State University Crops Team, which also participated in the competition.

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K-State Crops Team members making the trip included Katrina Sudbeck, Seneca; Ben Coomes, Girard; Nathan Larson, Kensington; Sam Knauss, Paola; Tyler Herrs, Linn; and Jeri Sigle, Council Grove. The team is coached by Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy. 

The K-State team was led by Katrina Sudbeck, who took the top individual overall award, and Ben Coomes, who placed second. As top individual, Sudbeck will also have the opportunity to travel to Asia with Grain Growers on a grain marketing trip in February, 2015. Iowa State University placed second in the contest, followed by Sydney University. Five other agricultural universities across southern and western Australia competed. 

Australia Grain Growers is a national organization of grain producers.

This was the second time the K-State team was invited to participate in the Australian crops competition.

The competition was held over two days at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre, managed by FarmLink. The contest included a seed identification component, tests over Australian cereal, pulse, and oilseed production and quality, commercial grading of wheat, a business management problem, field yield estimates and management recommendations, and a live crop, weed and disease evaluation component. 

Before and after the competition, contestants also toured research projects being conducted on site and at farms in the local area. Learning about Australian white wheat and canola production, ryegrass herbicide resistance problems, and the use of pulse crops such as lupins in crop rotations were highlights for the U.S. teams.

The students also learned about Australia through visits to popular sites in Sydney, followed by a trip to the Great Barrier Reef at Cairns. On the trip to Temora, the group visited the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, followed by a farm tour hosted by Grain Growers board member Richard Rice in Parkes, NSW. The farm featured integration of sheep production with wheat and canola cropping systems.

After the competition, they visited Charles Sturt University and the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation Field Station at Wagga Wagga, NSW. The final day was spent at the family farm of board member Gerry Lane near Lockhart, NSW, which featured extensive barley and faba bean production under flood irrigation. 

The trip was made possible by a generous grant from the CHS Foundation to both K-State and ISU. In addition, the Kansas Wheat Commission and the K-State Department of Agronomy supported team travel expenses. The College of Agriculture provided international travel scholarships to the Kansas State students.

Story by: Steve Watson
swatson@ksu.edu
K-State Research & Extension News 

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Kevin Donnelly

(785) 532-5402
kjd@ksu.edu

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