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K-State soil judging team takes regional honors

October 19, 2017

Kansas State University’s Soil Judging team placed second at the 2017 Region 5 Soil Judging contest hosted by South Dakota State University in Redfield, South Dakota, on Sept. 29. By placing in the top two teams, K-State qualified for the National Soil Judging competition this spring in Tennessee.

Keren Duerksen, junior from Newton, Kansas, was 8th high individual and Jacob Reinecker, senior from Caldwell, Idaho, placed 9th.

Other team members include: Chris Weber, senior, Hoxie; Logan Evers, senior, Great Bend; Sarah Zerger, senior, Cheney; Tessa Zee, senior, Erie, Colo.; Tara Wilson, senior, Highland, Mich.; Peter Bergkamp, sophomore, Garden Plain; Megan Owens, sophomore, Harlan, Iowa; and Lucas Scott, sophomore, Olathe.

The team was coached by Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy, and assistant coaches Colby Moorberg, assistant professor of agronomy, and Erin Bush, graduate student in agronomy.

The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America

Story by:

Kathy Gehl, K-State Research and Extension

Additional Information:

Mickey Ransom, 785-532-7203, mdransom@ksu.edu

Soils Team

Photo Caption:

Members of the 2017 K-State Soils Judging Team. Back row (l to r): Mickey Ransom (coach), Lucas Scott, Jacob Reinecker, Chris Weber. Middle row (l to r): Sarah Zerger, Logan Evers, Tessa Zee, Peter Bergkamp, Colby Moorberg (assistant coach). Front row (l to r): Tara Wilson, Megan Owens, Keren Duerksen, Erin Bush (assistant coach), Lance Howe (NRCS Soil Scientist, Redfield). (Courtesy of K-State Research and Extension)

 


 

 

Takes 2nd in National Competition

May 10, 2017

K-State’s Soil Judging Team won 2nd place in the “Overall Team” and 2nd place in the “Group Judging” categories at the 2017 National Collegiate Soils  Contest hosted by Northern Illinois University on April 23-28 in DeKalb, Ill.

Erin Bush, graduate student from Franklin, Ind., was 2nd high individual. Chris Weber, junior from Hoxie, was 7th high individual.

Other team members include Keren Duerksen, sophomore, Newton; Jacob Reinecker, junior, Caldwell, Idaho; Logan Evers, junior, Great Bend; Tessa Zee, junior, Erie, Colo.; Tara Wilson, sophomore, Highland, Mich.; Peter Bergkamp, freshman, Garden Plain; Megan Owens, freshman, Harlan, Iowa; and Lucas Scott, freshman, Olathe.

Coach for the team is Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy. The assistant coach is Kim Kerschen, agronomy instructor and academic coordinator.

The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. Twenty-four teams from all over the U.S. participated.

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Story by:
Steve Watson, swatson@ksu.edu

 

Additional Information:

Mickey Ransom, 785-532-7203, mdransom@ksu.edu 

 

2017 National Soils Team

Photo Caption:

Members of the 2017 K-State Soils Judging Team. From left to right: Back row -- Mickey Ransom, Tessa Zee, Peter Bergkamp, Lucas Scott, Jacob Reinecker, Chris Weber. Front row -- Megan Owens, Tara Wilson, Logan Evers, Keren Duerksen, Erin Bush, Kim Kerschen.

 


 

Takes Top Regional Honors

October 20, 2016

K-State’s Soil Judging Team won 1st place in the “Overall Team” and 2nd place in the “Group Judging” categories at the 2016 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln on October 9-14.

Erin Bush, senior from Franklin, Ind., was 2nd high individual, Jacob Reinecker, junior from, Caldwell, Ida., tied for 6th, and Logan Evers, junior from Great Bend, tied for 10th.

Other team members include: Jaret Kluender, senior, Perryville, Mo.; Benjamin Hamill, senior, Newton; Chris Weber, junior, Hoxie; Tessa Zee, junior, Erie, Colo.; Keren Duerksen, sophomore, Newton; Tara Wilson, sophomore, Highland, Mich.; Peter Bergkamp, freshman, Garden Plain; and Lucas Scott, freshman, Olathe.

The Soil Judging Team was coached by Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy, and assistant coach, Kim Kerschen, instructor and academic coordinator in agronomy.

The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

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Story by:
Steve Watson, swatson@ksu.edu

Additional Information:
Mickey Ransom, 785-532-7203, mdransom@k-state.edu 

 

2016 Regional

 

Members of the 2016 K-State Soils Judging Team. Back row (l ro r): Mickey Ransom (coach), Benjamin Hamill, Jaret Kluender, Chris Weber, Peter Bergkamp, Jacob Reinecker, Kim Kerschen (assistant coach).

Front row (l to r): Logan Evers, Keren Duerksen, Erin Bush, Lucas Scott, Tara Wilson, Tessa Zee.

 


 

2015 Soil Judging Team Places 3rd at Regional Contest

The Soil Judging Team traveled to Grand Rapids, MN to compete in the Region 5 Soil Judging contest held by the University of Minnesota. The team performed well and placed 3rd overall. The 2015 contest was held from September 20 - 25.

Special congratulations to Erin Bush for being the top individual and Chris Weber for being the fourth high individual.

Team members included: Erin Bush, junior, Franklin, IN; Chris Weber, sophomore, Hoxie; John Bergkamp, senior, Garden Plain; Logan Evers, sophomore, Great Bend; Jaret Kluender, junior, Perryville, MO; Tara Wilson, sophomore, Highland, MI; Morgan Witt, sophomore, Morgantown, IN; Jacob Reinecker, freshman, Caldwell, ID.

Dr. Mickey Ransom was the coach with assistant coach Michelle Scarpace, graduate student in agronomy, Stevens Point, WI.

The 2016 National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest will be held in Manhattan, from April 3 – 8.

The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

Soils Team 2015

2015 K-State Soil Judging Team Members - Back row (l-r): Coach Dr. Mickey Ransom, Jaret Kluender, Jacob Reinecker, Chris Weber, John

Bergkamp, Logan Evers, Assistant Coach Michelle Scarpace. Front row (l-r): Erin Bush, Morgan Witt, Tara Wilson.


 

Team USA Brings Home the Gold at International Soil Judging Contest

K-State agronomy student is part of award-winning team.

September 11, 2015

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MANHATTAN, Kan.Team USA took first place overall at the International Soil Judging Contest in Gödöllo, Hungary held Sept 1-5. The contest, now in its second year, was one of the highlighted activities in 2015 to celebrate the International Year of Soils.

Team USA was represented by Erin Bush, Kansas State University, junior in agronomy from Franklin, Indiana; Stephen Geib, Delaware Valley University; Adrienne Nottingham, West Virginia University; and Kristen Pegues, Auburn University. The students qualified to represent the United States by finishing as the top four individuals at the 2015 National Soil Judging Contest, hosted last spring by the University of Arkansas, Monticello. Team USA was coached by Joey Shaw, professor of soil science at Auburn University.

The contest included participants from all continents, with a total of 28 countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Montenegro, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Serbia, South Africa, South-Korea, Spain, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States. The participants were organized into 16 national and multinational teams with three to five students per team.

The students competed both as individuals and as teams. In the individual competitions, one member of Team USA, Kristen Pegues of Auburn, won the top award at the contest. Bush, who is also a member of the K-State soil judging team, was the 4th high individual at the international contest. Among the team competitions, Team USA took second. Taking both individual and team scores into consideration, Team USA finished first.

Scoring high as an individual and as a team in international competition was an achievement to remember, Bush said.

“I was so proud to be representing my country and Kansas State University at this contest. Many of the very best students in soil science from around the world were competing, and I was fortunate to have been trained so well for this at K-State,” Bush said.

Beyond the winning, the contest itself was a valuable learning experience, she added.

“It was an incredible opportunity to go to Hungary, meet people from all over the world, and become exposed to soils that I have never seen before. I will always cherish this experience, and I know it will be valuable in my professional life after I complete my master’s,” she said.

The contest allowed students, researchers and people interested in soils from around the world to interact and experience the landscapes and soils of Hungary and the Danube Basin, according to Mickey Ransom, coach of the K-State soil judging team.

Students in the contest spent their first four days learning about the landscape and soils of Hungary. On the fifth day, the students were asked to describe, understand and interpret soil characteristics in the field. Participants described a series of contest profiles using basic field tools, selected standards and guidelines.

The winners were selected on their ability to correctly describe each soil, evaluate potential soil functions and interpret their capacity to perform under different land use and management practices.

The event followed the 1st International Soil Judging Contest held during the 20th World Congress of Soil Sciences in Jeju, Korea in June 2014.

More information on the International Year of Soils is available.

 

Story by: Steve Watson, swatson@ksu.edu

Additional Information: Mickey Ransom is at 785-532-7203 or mdransom@ksu.edu

 

 


 

2014 Soil Judging Team Takes Regional Honors

Congratulations to K-State's Soil Judging Team for another great showing. Our team won 2nd place in the "Overall Team" and 4th place in the "Group Judging" categories at the 2014 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest hosted by Iowa State University from September 29 through October 3.

Special individual kudos to John Bergkamp, junior from Garden Plain, who was 2nd high, and Jessica Barnett, senior from Belleville, who was 7th high individual in the contest.

Other members of the high-placing 2014 team include: Erin Bush, sophomore, Franklin, Ind.; Logan Evers, freshman, Great Bend; Carolyn Fox, senior, Manhattan;  Noortje Greer, senior, Manhattan; Garrison Gundy, senior, Halstead; Jaret Kluender, sophomore, Perryville, Mo.; Brett Lynn, sophomore, Monmouth, Ore.; Evelyn Nordberg, senior, Fayetteville, N.Y.; and Tessa Zee, freshman, Erie, Colo.

The Soil Judging Team was coached by Mickey Ransom. Assistant coaches were Matti Kuykendall, Osage City, and Michelle Scarpace, Stevens Point,Wisc., both graduate students in agronomy.

The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

soil judging 2014

Members of the 2014 K-State Soils Judging Team. Back row (l ro r): Matti Kuykendall (assistant coach), Tessa Zee, Logan Evers, Garrison Gundy, John Bergkamp, Jaret Kluender, Michelle Scarpace (assistant coach), Jessica Barnett, and Nortje Greer. Front row (l to r): Carolyn Fox, Mickey Ransom (coach), Brett Lynn, Erin Bush and Evelyn Nordberg.

 


 

2007-2008 Soil Judging Team

K-STATE SOIL JUDGING TEAM TAKES NATIONAL HONORS

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From left to right, members of the 2007/08 K-State Soil Judging Team. Front row: Paul Hartley, Angela Tran, Ryan Cyr, Leah Ferdinand, Andrew Newkirk, and Coach Mickey Ransom. Back row: Scott Dooley, Andrew McGowan, Kelsey McGie, and Adam Heitman.



Kansas State University’s Soil Judging Team won first place overall at the 2008 National Soil Judging Contest hosted by the University of Rhode Island in mid-April. This marks the first time the K-State Soil Judging Team has taken first place overall in the national contest. Twenty-one teams competed.

Individual team members also succeeded in the high individuals competition: Leah Ferdinand, senior in agronomy from Reading, won second place; Paul Hartley, senior in agronomy from Emporia, won sixth place; Ryan Cyr, senior in agronomy from Miltonvale, received 14th place; and Adam Heitman, senior in agronomy from Webber, received 20th.

Other competing team members include Kelsey McGie, sophomore in milling science and management from Iola; Andrew McGowan, junior in agronomy from Prairie Village; Andrew Newkirk, freshman in agronomy from Manhattan; and Angela Tran, junior in agronomy from Prairie Village.

Mickey Ransom is the team coach, assisted by Scott Dooley, senior in agronomy from Jewell.

The Soil Judging Team won second place overall last year and has qualified for the national competition 13 out of the last 14 years. They have also won the regional contest three out of the last five years.

The contests are an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.


 

Contact

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Ransom, Michel D.
Phone : (785) 532-7203
mdransom@ksu.edu

For more information on the Soils Judging Team contact Mickey Ransom.