K-State Research and Extension News
August 08, 2014
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K-State Weed Science Team Wins Regional Contest

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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.


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
K-State Research & Extension News

Anita Dille is at 785-532-7240 or dieleman@ksu.edu