The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Intercollegiate Crops Judging Team competed in their second Regional Crops Judging Contest of the year March 9 at Kansas State University and placed third in the four-year division against 13 other Midwest four-year and two-year institutions. This win marks the fifth contest in a row the team has placed in the top three in the four-year division contest.
Designed to prepare students for a future career in agronomy, the contest provided a fun, competitive setting where awards were presented for team and individual achievements. Organized as a regional contest to prepare for the national contest hosted by North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, students were tested on their knowledge of crop and weed identification, agronomic mathematics, general agronomic knowledge and a lab practical covering various agronomic concepts such as disease management and entomology.
Nebraska's winning team includes agronomy senior Shawn McDonald and agronomy juniors Rodger Farr, Samantha Teten and Kolby Grint.
Adam Striegel, Doctor of Plant Health student and agronomy graduate research assistant, serves as the Crops Judging Team coach. The team's next contest will be the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture contest hosted by Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska.