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K-State Weed Science teams succeed in regional contest

One undergrad team takes first place, plus one student nabs top score

Weed Science Team

Kansas State University students that make up three weed science teams scored well in a recent competition at Iowa State University. Team members include: Front row, left to right: Sarah Zerger, Keren Duerksen, Nicole Sudbeck, Jace Bowen, Larry Joe Rains, Anita Dille. Back row, left to right: Kevin Donnelly, Peter Bergkamp, Trent Frye, Jeffrey Albers, Nathaniel Thompson, Garrison Gundy, Dallas Peterson

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State University’s Weed Science teams had a successful showing against eight other universities at the regional North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Contest held on July 27.

A total of 80 undergraduate and graduate students competed in the competition hosted by Iowa State University at its Field Extension Education Laboratory near Ames, Iowa.

Two undergraduate teams and one graduate team represented K-State. One of the undergraduate teams took first place among all undergraduate teams. Members of that team (all from Kansas) included: Keren Duerksen, junior from Newton; Nicole Sudbeck, senior from Seneca; and Sarah Zerger, senior from Cheney.

Sudbeck took 1st Overall Undergraduate Score in the individual awards. Sudbeck was also the individual event winner for written calibration problems and Duerksen was the individual event winner for identification of herbicide symptomology.

The team also placed 1st in the Undergraduate Team Sprayer Calibration Event.

Members of the second undergraduate team (all from Kansas) were Jace Bowen, junior from Topeka; Trent Frye, senior from Belleville; and Peter Bergkamp, sophomore from Cheney.

K-State also had the 3rd place Graduate Team among all graduate student teams, with the following members: Jeffrey Albers, Oakley; Garrison Gundy, Halstead; Larry Joe Rains, Harrisonville, Missouri; and Nathaniel Thompson, Manhattan. Albers won the Farmer Problem solving event. All were from Kansas except Rains.

Coaches were Anita Dille, Kevin Donnelly, and Dallas Peterson, professors of agronomy.

The four events in the contest were weed identification; farmer problem solving; written calibration problems and team sprayer calibration; and identification of herbicide symptomology.

Story by:
Steve Watson, swatson@ksu.edu

Source: Anita Dille, 785-532-7240, dieleman@ksu.edu

K-State weed science teams successful in regional contest

Graduate team wins first place. 

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University Weed Science teams had a successful showing at the regional North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Contest held July 28, 2016. The contest was hosted by Purdue University at the Beck Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

“Members of the K-State Weed Science teams are training to become agricultural professionals, and as weed scientists they would help protect at least $43 billion in value to the crop production industry in the U.S.,” said Anita Dille, K-State agronomy professor and weed scientist.

The contest included four events: weed identification, farmer problem solving, written and team sprayer calibration, and identification of herbicide symptomology. 

K-State competed with three graduate teams and one undergraduate team. One graduate team took first place out of 15 teams that competed in the contest. Members of that team (from Kansas unless otherwise noted) included: Chelsea Ahlquist, Onaga; Marshall Hay, Lynnville, Iowa; Eric VanLoenen, Hill City; and Garrison Gundy, Halstead. Individual awards included: Marshall Hay, 1st Overall Graduate Score, Chelsea Ahlquist, tied 2nd Overall Graduate Score, and Junjun Ou, China, 3rd Overall Graduate Score. Individual event winners were Marshall Hay, problem solving, and Chelsea Ahlquist, weed identification and written sprayer calibration. The team also placed first in the Graduate Team Sprayer Calibration event.

K-State also had the 2nd Place Undergraduate Team (out of a field of nine teams) with members: Jessica Bramhall, Seneca; Jesse Gilmore, Overland Park; Nicole Sudbeck, Seneca; and Sarah Zerger, Cheney. Nicole Sudbeck won 3rd Overall Undergraduate Score, and the team placed first in the Undergraduate Team Sprayer Calibration event.

The other two K-State graduate teams that participated in the contest included members: Wale Osipitan, Nigeria;  Junjun Ou, China; Seth Menzer, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; Samida Khadka, Nepal; Jeffrey Albers, Oakley; Joey Rains, Harrisonville, Missouri; Nathaniel Thompson, Manhattan; and Karthik Putta, India.

Dille, along with agronomy professors Kevin Donnelly and Dallas Peterson coached the teams.

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Note to Editors: A photo of the 2016 K-State Weed Science team members is available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ksrecomm/28442634130/in/dateposted/

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Story by:
Steve Watson, swatson@ksu.edu

Additional Information:
Anita Dille is at 785-532-7240 or dieleman@ksu.edu
Kevin Donnelly is at 785-532-5402 or kjd@ksu.edu
Dallas Peterson is at 785-532-0405 or dpeterso@ksu.edu


 

K-State 2015 Weed Science Teams Compete Successfully in National Contest    

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University Weed Science teams had a successful showing at the second annual National Collegiate Weed Contest held July 21, 2015. The contest was hosted by The Ohio State University at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Western Agricultural Research Station near South Charleston, Ohio.

K-State competed with three graduate teams and one undergraduate team. One of the three graduate teams took first place in the western region of the contest. Members of that team included: Chelsea Ahlquist, Onaga, Kansas; Marshall Hay, Lynnville, Iowa; Eric VanLoenen, Hill City, Kansas; and Randy DeGreeff, Salina, Kansas. Individual awards included: Chelsea Ahlquist, 1st Overall Graduate Score; and Marshall Hay, 2nd Overall Graduate Score. 

K-State also had the 2nd Place Undergraduate Team in the western region with members: Garrison Gundy, Halstead, Kansas; Ashley Lorence, Lebanon, Kansas; and Zach Vincent, Long Island, Kansas Garrison also won 2nd Overall Undergraduate Score.

The other two K-State graduate teams that participated in the contest included: Gared Shaffer, Independence, Kansas; Wale Osipitan, Nigeria; Sridevi Betha, India; Junjun Ou, China; Seth Menzer, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; and Samida Khadka, Nepal. 

Coaches were Anita Dille, Kevin Donnelly, and Dallas Peterson, professors of agronomy. 

The contest included four events: weed identification, farmer problem solving, written and team sprayer calibration, and identification of herbicide symptomology.  

A total of 60 teams (41 graduate and 19 undergraduate teams) with about 230 students competed across the four regions from 25 different universities.
Award winners were recognized from each of four regional weed science societies. K-State competed with other universities from the Western Society of Weed Science that included University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wyoming, Washington State University, North Dakota State University, and University of California-Davis.
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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.
Story by: Steve Watson swatson@ksu.eduK-State Research & Extension News
Anita Dille is at 785-532-7240 or dieleman@ksu.edu; Kevin Donnelly is at 785-532-5402 or kjd@ksu.edu; Dallas Peterson is at 785-532-0405 or dpeterso@ksu.edu

 

K-State Weed Science Team Wins Regional Contest Summer 2014

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The K-State Weed Science Teams had a successful showing at the recent North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Contest held July 24 at the DuPont Pioneer facility in Johnston, Iowa. 

The undergraduate team took first place honors. Members of the undergraduate team included: Katrina Sudbeck, Seneca; Marshall Hay, Lynnville, Iowa; Alec Horton, Leoti; and Zach Vincent, Long Island; with Ashley Lorence, Smith Center, also competing as an individual member. Individual awards included Katrina Sudbeck, 1st Overall Undergraduate Score; and Marshall Hay, tops in the Farmer Problem Solving Event.

K-State was also represented by two graduate teams including the following members: Andi Christenson, Ulysses; Kim Kerschen, Garden Plain; Matti Kuykendall, Osage City; Cade Hewitt, Beloit; David Brachtenbach, Stratton, Colorado; and Wale Osipitan, Nigeria.

Coaches were Anita Dille, professor of agronomy; Kevin Donnelly, professor of agronomy; and Dallas Peterson, professor of agronomy.

The five events at the competition include weed identification, farmer problem solving, written and team sprayer calibration, and identification of herbicide symptomology. The contest recognizes top individuals for each event, the top three overall individuals, and the top three overall teams at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

A total of 23 teams consisting of 50 graduate and 44 undergraduate students competed. The schools represented were the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, Purdue University, University of Kentucky, and Kansas State University.

Collegiate Weed Science Contest

The North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) sponsors a Collegiate Weed Science Contest during the summer. Interested students can compete as teams of four (4) students (graduate, undergraduate, or mixed) or as individuals.

The contest is made up of the following four events:

1) Weed identification – identify 25 different weed species (seed, whole plant) by both common and scientific name.
2) Sprayer calibration (problems and hands-on) – calibrates a hand-held boom sprayer and completes a written problem set.
3) Herbicide symptom and injury identification – identify the ten herbicides sprayed based on crop and weed selectivity and injury.
4) Problem-solving – as a crop consultant of agricultural chemical representative, you will need to determine the cause of a field problem and provide recommendations.

 


In 2005, the Weed Science group in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University hosted the Summer Weed Contest on July 20-21. A total of 57 participants (31 graduate and 26 undergraduate students) from 9 different universities and colleges across the North Central and Southern region competed.

In 2004, the University of Minnesota hosted the Summer Weed Contest. The KSU team members were: Dwain Rule (graduate), Jason Miller (graduate), Bill Hall (undergraduate), and Matt Meyerhoff (undergraduate). Coaches were Doug Shoup, Chris Schuster, Anita Dille, and Dallas Peterson.

Contact Dr. Anita Dille or Dr. Dallas Peterson if you are interested in participating in the Summer Weed Contest.