K-State Research and Extension News
August 13, 2012
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K-State Weed Science Team Wins Regional Contest

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 2012 Kansas State University Weed Science Team had a successful showing at the recent North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Contest held Thursday, Aug. 9 in Larned, Kan. It was hosted by Diamond Ag Research.

The undergraduate team finished in first place overall in the undergraduate teams category, and had the top score in team sprayer calibration. The team consisted of: Kim Kerschen, Garden Plain, Kan.; Jake Wyrill, Kirwin, Kan.; Jessie Zimmerman, Alta Vista, Kan.; and David Brachtenbach, Ft. Collins, Colo. Individual award winners included Jake Wyrill, first place overall undergraduate score, top score in Farmer Diagnostic Problem Solving Event, top score in Written Sprayer Calibration Event; and Kim Kerschen, second place overall undergraduate score, and top score in Weed Identification Event.

A graduate team, consisting of Andrew Esser, Lenexa, Kan.; Amar Godar, Manhattan, Kan.; Zane Raudenbush, Port Allegany, Penn.; and Josh Putman, Lyons, N.Y., also competed. In addition, Kindsey Myers of Brownsville, Ind. represented KSU as an individual in the graduate student division. Amar Godar won second place overall in the graduate division and had the top score in the Weed Identification Event. 

Team coaches were Dallas Peterson and Anita Dille, professors of agronomy.

The events in the contest were Weed Identification, Herbicide Identification, Written and Team Sprayer Calibration, and Farmer Diagnostic Problem Solving.

Other teams in the contest were the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Western Illinois University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue 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