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NACTA Crops Team History

2014 - Spring

K-State Crops Team Edges Iowa State To Win National Contest

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University Crops Team took first place in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) national crops contest held April 12, 2014, at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. K-State students also took home three of the top five individual placings.

This was the 12th title in this contest for the K-State team in the past 16 years. The contest consists of four components: laboratory practical, agronomic exam, math practical, and plant and seed identification.  The K-State team placed first in lab practical and agronomic exam and second in math practical and identification. 

Students competing on the K-State team are all seniors majoring in agronomy. The team members and their overall individual placings were Chelsea Ahlquist, Onaga, first; Michael Welch, Haddam, fourth; Neal Kaiser, Lehigh, fifth; Garrett Kennedy, Phillipsburg, sixth; Andrew Scherrer, Matheson, Colo., seventh; and Katrina Sudbeck, Seneca, ninth. Alternates competing were Morgan Halderson, Delphos, and Juliana Ferrari, Goinania, Brazil. Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy, served as coach for the team. Assistant coach was Marshall Hay, Lynnville, Iowa.

A total of 17 teams competed, nine in the four-year division and eight in the two-year division. Iowa State University finished a very close second place.

The NACTA national contest concluded the spring competition season for the K-State Crops Team.  Earlier, the team had placed second at the Iowa State Invitational contest in February, and they placed first at the Kansas Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Regional Contest at K–State in March. 

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

2010 - Spring

K-STATE CROPS TEAM WINS NATIONAL CONTEST

News>NACTA Contest 2010The Kansas State University Crops Team took first place in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) national crops contest held April 16 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK. A total of 22 teams competed, 13 in the four-year division and nine in the two-year division. The K-State team also took home four of the top five individual placings. This is the second straight title in this contest for the K-State team, and the ninth in the past twelve years.

The contest consists of four components: laboratory practical, agronomic exam, math practical, and plant and seed identification. The K-State team placed first in the laboratory, math and identification components, and second in the exam.

News>NACTA Contest 2010(2)In the laboratory practical, competitors identify insects, diseases, fertilizers, crop products, plant parts and equipment, plus determine crop growth stages, interpret pesticide labels or seed tags, evaluate crop production problems, and describe soil properties. The agronomic exam evaluated knowledge of crop production and management, crop physiology and breeding, soil properties, soil fertility, tillage, crop harvesting and storage, weeds, insects and diseases. The math practical includes equipment calibration and other various other agronomic calculations. Seed and plant identification requires contestants to learn over 250 plant and seed samples. 

Students competing on the K-State team and their top individual placings were: Eric Preston, senior, Columbus, first place overall, first in math, and second in agronomic exam; Nathan Keep, senior, Elm Creek, NE, second overall, first in lab practical, and third in identification; Ryan Cates, senior, Jewell, fourth overall and first in identification; and Aaron Widmar, junior, Franklin, fifth overall and second in identification. All four students are agronomy majors.

Additional K-State students competing as individuals were senior agronomy majors David Krehbiel, Pratt, eighth overall and fifth in identification; Jenae Skelton, Larned, ninth overall and fifth in math; and Nicole Rezac, Onaga, tenth overall and second in lab practical. Chad Huffman, a junior in agricultural economics, Cunningham, was an alternate.

Iowa State University was the second place team. In the two year division, Hutchinson Community College was first and Cloud County Community College placed second.

Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy, served as coach for the team.

2009 - Spring

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K-STATE CROPS TEAM WINS NATIONAL TITLE

MANHATTAN – The Kansas State University Crops Team took first place in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture national crops contest on April 17 at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio. The K-State team has won this title eight times in the last 11 years. Seventeen teams from two- and four-year schools participated in the competition.

K-State placed first in the lab practical, math practical, and plant and seed identification parts of the contest, and second in the agronomic quiz.

Seed and plant identification requires contestants to learn more than 250 plant and seed samples. In the laboratory practical, competitors identify insects, diseases, weeds, fertilizers, crop and forage products, and field and laboratory equipment. They also determine crop growth stages, interpret pesticide labels or seed tags, evaluate crop production problems, and describe soil properties.

The agronomic quiz evaluated knowledge of crop production and management, crop physiology and breeding, soils and tillage, soil fertility, crop harvesting and storage, weeds, insects and diseases. The math practical includes equipment calibration and other various other agronomic calculations.

Students competing on the K-State team and their placings:

Darrin Seiwert, senior in agronomy, Conway Springs, placed second overall, third in math and fourth in both identification and agronomic quiz.

Allen Kampschnieder, senior in agronomy, Howells, NE, was third overall, third in identification, fifth in math and seventh in agronomic quiz.

Jared Unrau, junior in agricultural technology management, Newton, placed third overall, first in identification, third in lab practical and tenth in math.

Heath Kinser, junior in agricultural technology management with an agronomy minor, Hugoton, was seventh overall, fourth in math, eighth in ID and tenth in lab.

Brian Lee, senior in agronomy, Leavenworth, placed eleventh overall, sixth in lab, eighth in math, and ninth in agronomic quiz.

Aaron Widmar, sophomore in agronomy, Franklin, competed as an alternate.

Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy, served as coach for the team.

2008 - Spring


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K-STATE CROPS TEAM WINS THIRD AT NATIONAL CONTEST

The Kansas State University Crops Team won third place overall at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Crops Contest April 18th at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. The team also placed second in Identification and third in the Lab Practical phases of the contest.

Fifteen teams from two and four year colleges and universities participated in the competition.

The competition tested participants’ skills in four areas. The agronomic quiz evaluated knowledge of crop production and management, crop physiology and breeding, soils and tillage, soil fertility, crop harvesting and storage, weeds, insects, and diseases. During the laboratory practical, competitors identified insects, diseases, weeds, fertilizers, stored grains, forage and processed crop products, and field and laboratory equipment. In addition, the contest also included crop and weed plant and seed identification, and agronomic calculations and equipment calibration.

Participating students, listed alphabetically, were:
Alex Bolack, junior in agronomy, Burden, placed fifth overall. He was third in lab practical and eighth in identification. Josh Andres, junior in agronomy, Newton, placed sixth in identification. Kevin Hecht, junior in agronomy, Farmington, NM, was an alternate. Matt Pachta, senior in agronomy, Linn, was tenth in lab practical. Josh Patterson, sophomore in agronomy, Valley Center, was an alternate but had the highest identification score. Jason Rugan, junior in horticulture, Ellinwood, was an alternate. Matt Wyckoff, junior in agronomy, Gardner, was a team member.

Gerry Posler, professor of agronomy, served as coach for the team.

2007 - Spring

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The NACTA team - L to R: Zane Unrau, Garrett Russell, Rawly Kaufman, Cody Duitsman, Matt Becker, Gerry Posler, Coach

K-STATE CROPS TEAM WINS NATIONAL TITLE

The Kansas State University Crops Team took first place in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Crops Contest April 21 in Hutchinson, KS.

Kansas State University has won this title seven times in the last nine years. The 2007 team placed first in all four parts of the contest. Their total team score of 2105.1 of 2400 possible points was the highest score ever achieved in a NACTA Crops Contest.

Thirteen teams from two- and four-year schools participated in the competition. Although K-State was competing only against the six four-year schools for awards, the team scored higher than all other teams in the competition.

The competition tested participants’ skills in four areas. The agronomic quiz evaluated knowledge of crop production and management, crop physiology and breeding, soils and tillage, soil fertility, crop harvesting and storage, weeds, insects and diseases. During the laboratory practical, competitors identified insects, diseases, weeds, fertilizers, stored grains, forage and processed crop products, and field and laboratory equipment. In addition, the contest also included crop and weed plant and seed identification, and agronomic calculations and equipment calibration.

Participating students, listed alphabetically, were:

Matt Becker, senior in agronomy, Centralia, placed fourth overall. He was first in the agronomic quiz, third in agronomic calculations, fifth in identification, and seventh in lab practical.

Cody Duitsman, sophomore in agronomy, Linn, placed second overall. He tied for second in identification and was second in agronomic quiz, third in laboratory practical, and fifth in agronomic calculations.

Rawly Kaufman, senior in agronomy, Lucas, placed third overall. He was second in agronomic calculations, third in identification, fourth in lab practical, and fifth in agronomic quiz.

Garrett Russell, senior in animal science and industry, Courtland, was an alternate. He was fifth in agronomic quiz, eighth in agronomic calculations, and ninth overall.

Zane Unrau, senior in agricultural technology management, Goessel, placed first overall. He was first in identification, first in agronomic calculations, first in laboratory practical, and tied for second in the agronomic quiz. Zane scored 556 of 600 possible points overall, the highest individual score ever achieved in this contest.

Gerry Posler, professor of agronomy, served as coach for the team.