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

Posted on Apr. 22nd, 2014
Steve Watson
K-State Research and Extension
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.