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Ag Report


Competition Teams

In 2017, the K-State Crops Team captured the national championship by winning both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest. K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in 15 of the past 19 years. Team members were Keren Duerksen, Kaylin Fink, and Nathan Ryan with alternates Trent Frye, Westley Jennings, Tyler Marr, Noah Winans, and Rebecca Zach. Professor Kevin Donnelly coaches the team.

The Department of Agronomy hosted the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, or NACTA, regional crops contest on March 9, 2018. More than 100 students and faculty from 13 two- and four-year colleges participated.  

The K-State Horse Judging Team claimed the title of 2017 World Champion Senior Team at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Team members were Cameron Hayden, high individual overall, Joel Nelson, Tristan Parks, Dean Klahr, Bailee Porter, and Taylor Todd. Assistant Professor James Lattimer coaches the team with assistant coaches Katie Jordan and Rachel Johnson.

The 2017 K-State Meat Judging Team were reserve national champions at the International Meat Judging Contest in Nov. 2017. Team members are Eric Koehlmoos, Caleb Hurst, Kolton Aubuchon, Trevor DeHaan, and Jayne Bannister. Associate Professor Terry Houser and graduate students Lane Giess and Allie Hobson coached the team.

The 2018 Meat Judging Team took top honors at the National Western Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Greeley, Colorado. This marks the first time since 1985 K-State has won this competition. They placed first at the 40th Annual Iowa State Meat Judging Contest and second at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest. Team members are Sam Davis, Kaci Foraker, Keayla Harr, Cole Liggett, Grace Luebcke, Joel Martin, Leah Parsons, and Hannah Taylor. Assistant Professor Travis O’Quinn coaches the team.

The 2018 Livestock Judging Team claimed the championship at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney, Nebraska; a reserve champion finish at the Iowa Beef Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, and fourth overall ranking at the San Antonio Livestock Show. Team members include: Kolton Aubuchon, Cody Boden, Cara Comstock, Payton Dahmer, Wyatt Durst, Hannah Frobose, Cameron Hayden, Emilee Holt, Dean Klahr, Cody Lafrentz, Shayne Myers, Jacob Pettigrew, Shilo Schaake, Lucas Tuck, and Whitney Whitaker.

A team of bakery science and industry students — Christopher Reusz, Georgeanna Stockemer, and Julia Sprouse — were among the four finalists to compete at the American Society of Baking Product Development Competition.

Karen Schneck, senior in horticulture with a minor in entomology, was named the 2018 Greenhouse Product News/Nexus Intern of the Year. She was nominated by Associate Professor Chad Miller. “Without a doubt, Karen will be successful and a great addition to the horticulture industry,” wrote Miller. “Karen has certainly grown as an individual in the last year and her passion comes through in the classroom, the labs, extracurricular activities, and work experiences.”

Kansas State University Global Campus awarded College of Agriculture Scholarships for Distance Education Students to Katelyn Meiwes, master’s student in agricultural education and communication; James Williamson, master’s student in agribusiness; Courtney Montgomery, master’s student in agricultural education and communication; and Tyler Swallow, senior in food science and industry. Amy O’Grady, senior in food science and industry, received the K-State Global Campus Scholarship for Distance Education Students.

At the Governor’s Water Conference, agricultural education students Zachary Callaghan and Katelyn Bohnenblust received Runner-Up Research Poster for their study on the Youth Water Advocates Conference.

Nolan Brennan, Bowling Green, Ohio, was awarded the Mennel Milling Company Scholarship that provides financial assistance to a K-State student enrolled in milling science and management. The scholarship covers $10,000 of out-of-state tuition and $1,000 for travel costs.

Graduate Students

Two plant pathology students placed — Daljit Singh (second) and Mokhles Rahman (third) — at the National Association of Plant Breeders Conference at the University of California, Davis.

Three agronomy graduate students — Garrison Gundy, under the supervision of Professor Anita Dille; and Nate Thompson and Marshall Hay, both mentored by Dallas Peterson, professor and extension weed specialist — took first place honors in their respective divisions for their oral research presentations at the North Central Weed Science Society annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ashley Kelly, park management and conservation, and Stuart Sprague, horticulture, were among 10 K-Staters chosen to present research posters at the Capital Graduate Research Summit in Topeka. Kelly’s poster was Inspiring future conservationists through a Junior Zookeeper Program, and Sprague’s was Expression of AtGRXS17 in maize increases yield under heat stress.

A snack food created by food science graduate students Karthik Sajith Babu, Yuda Ou, and Priyamvada Thorakkattu is among the top 6 finalists in the National Dairy Council New Product Development Competition. A panel of judges will evaluate their project and announce winners in late April. Associate Professor Jayendra Amamcharla advises the team.

Three College of Agriculture graduate students advanced to the finals of the Three Minute Thesis Competition. They are Gabriela Magossi, food science, From dust to dinner: Salmonella in feed mills; Rachel Wilkins, entomology, Feeding the world by implementing robust management programs for insect pests after crop harvest; and Vinicius Perin, agronomy, Nitrogen fertilizer: When to apply urea? The competition encourages students to hone their science communication skills by presenting a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance.