Weed Science Team
K-State Weed Science Teams perform well at North American Weed Science Collegiate Contest
Submitted by Kathy Gehl
Congratulations to the K-State Weed Science Teams and their successful showing at the North American Weed Science Collegiate Contest held on July 25, 2019. This was a national-level contest with universities from around the US and Canada. There were also regional-level awards. It was co-hosted by BASF, Bayer, Corteva, and Valent at their research farms located near Seymour, IL.
K-State competed with one undergraduate team and two graduate teams. At the national-level, the undergraduate team took first place among all undergraduate teams competing in the contest. Members of that team included: Dakota Came, Hayden Heigele, Jessica Schauf, and Megan Workman. Dakota Came was recognized with top individual award event awards for weed identification and for identification of herbicide symptomology.
The undergraduate team was recognized for additional awards at the North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS)-level. They placed first among undergraduate teams competing in the NCWSS. Individual awards included: Dakota Came, 1st Overall Undergraduate Score, and Jessica Schauf, 3rd Overall Undergraduate Score. Individual event winner was Dakota Came in weed identification and in identification of herbicide symptomology.
The K-State graduate teams competed at the National level and placed in the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) regional-level. One of the graduate teams placed first among all teams competing in the WSWS division of the contest, with the following members: Tyler Meyeres, Lindsey Gastler, and Malynda O’Day. Individual graduate student awards included: Tyler Meyeres, 3rd Overall Graduate Score. This team also placed 1st in Graduate Team Field Sprayer Calibration event. Individual event winners were Lindsey Gastler, weed identification, and Isaac Effertz, identification of herbicide symptomology. The members of the other graduate team were Ednaldo Borgato, Luke Chism, and Isaac Effertz.
Coaches were Anita Dille, Kevin Donnelly, and Dallas Peterson.
Four events in the contest include weed identification, farmer problem solving, written calibration problems and team field sprayer calibration, and identification of herbicide symptomology. A total of 241 students competed from 29 different universities, with 16 undergraduate and 51 graduate teams from across North America.