UW Crops Team competes in Chicago Collegiate Crops Judging Contest

On November 19, the UW Crops Team placed 8th out of 10 teams in the Chicago Collegiate Crops Judging Contest. The contest was held at the Loyola University downtown Chicago, IL campus and is sponsored by the CME Group, GROWMARK, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.

crops-teamThe Crops Team consists of undergraduates Katelyn Van Treeck, Rachel Perry, Clare Gietzel, and Jacqui Hilliard. The team was advised and coached by volunteers Dan Smith and Nate Drewitz.

The contest consisted of weed, disease, and crop identification, grain grading, and seed analysis. In the identification portion of the contestant they were given plant and seed samples and had to identify common crops, wheat varieties, common diseases of corn, soybean and small grains, and weeds. In the grain grading portion of the contest they were required to grade barley, corn, oats, rye, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat according to USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service standards. In the seed analysis portion they were required to identify seeds of common crops, weeds, restricted and noxious weeds.

The Crops Team is part of Badger Crops Club and travel to the contest was made possible through a generous grant from the Wisconsin Certified Crop Advisors.

Congratulations, Crop Team!

(story by Dan Smith)

UW Crops Team Places 5th at NACTA Conference

 

On April 10, the UW Crops Team placed 5th out of 18 teams in the Crops Judging Contest at the 2015 NACTA Judging Conference in Moline, IL.

 

Pictured: Dani Edelburg, Mark Kendall, Katelyn Vantreeck, and Rachel Perry. (Photo: Daniel H. Smith)

Pictured: Dani Edelburg, Mark Kendall, Katelyn Vantreeck, and Rachel Perry. (Photo courtesy of Mark Kendall)

The Crops Team consists of undergraduates Dani Edelburg, Mark Kendall, Katelyn Vantreeck, and Rachel Perry, advised and coached by graduate students Dan Smith and Dave Marburger. “It’s a really hands-on, practical contest – it’s great career prep, and gives them experience that they may not have gained in a class,” says Smith.

The contest consisted of an agronomic exam, math exam, plant identification, and agronomy practical lab exam. Contestants were quizzed on everything from plant morphology and anatomy, nutrient management, biofuels, the seed industry, and climate. In the math portion of the contest they were required to calculate area conversions and pesticide applications, seed emergence calculations and soil erosion estimates. In the practical lab portion they were given plant samples and had to identify everything from disease symptoms to insect damage, interpret seed tag information, determine soil texture and composition, indentify and explain items like soil amendments and seed treatments, and evaluate crop issues from photographs.

Congratulations, Crop Team!

Full results of each contest can be found at http://www.bhcnacta.com/.