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K-State Today

October 31, 2012



Agronomy graduate students shine at international meetings

By Kraig Roozeboom

A number of graduate students from the agronomy department received accolades for their presentations at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America international annual meetings Oct. 21-24 in Cincinnati.

Pavithra Pitumpe Arachchige received third place in the S2 — Soil Chemistry Student Oral competition for her paper, “Chemistry and Mineralogy of Soil Aggregates in Soils From Temperate Continuous Corn System: Effects of Different Management Practices,” co-authored by Dorothy M. Menefee, Ganga Hettiarachchi, Leila Maurmann, Charles Rice and Allison Edgerley.

Nathan Keep won second place in the C2 — Crop Physiology and Metabolism Graduate Student Oral Paper Competition for his paper, “Characterization of Physiological Parameters in Soybean with Genetic Improvement in Seed Yield,” co-authored by William Schapaugh, P.V. Vara Prasad and John E. Boyer.

Kim Larson received first place in the C3 — Crop Ecology, Management, and Quality Graduate Student Poster Competition for her paper, “Soybean Inoculant and Seed Treatment Interactions,” co-authored by Charles Rice and Kraig Roozeboom.

George Paul won the Best Paper Award presented by the Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration Community of the American Society of Agronomy Climatology and Modeling Section in its symposium, Evapotranspiration: Monitoring, Modeling and Mapping At Point, Field, and Regional Scales: I. His paper was titled “Testing of Two Source Energy Balance Model Under Irrigated and Dryland Conditions Using High Resolution Airborne Imagery” and was co-authored by Prasanna Gowda, P.V. Vara Prasad, Terry A. Howell, Scott A. Staggenborg, Paul Colaizzi, Stacy L. Hutchinson and Robert Aiken.

Aaron Widmar won third place in the S08 — Nutrient Management and Soil and Plant Analysis Graduate Student Poster Competition for his paper, “Evaluation of Soil-Applied and Foliar Fertilization for Double Crop Soybean After Wheat,” co-authored by Dorivar Ruiz Diaz.

Presenters were judged based on the quality of presentation, originality of the work, soundness of scientific approach, interpretation of the experimental results and the contribution of research to their respective fields of study.