Collegiate Crops Judging Contest
The National Crops Judging Contest consists of three parts: plant and seed identification, commercial grain grading, and seed analysis. The Kansas City and Chicago contests represent the national finals of collegiate crops competition for the year. Preparation for crops contests teaches evaluation of crops for quality relative to certification, viability and marketing. Students learn in great depth many things which can be valuable regardless of their chosen profession in agronomy. More information can be found at 2016 Contest Rules.
The 2016 Crops Contests were held Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Kansas City, and Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Chicago.
2016 Collegiate Crops Contest Results
Kansas State University – 1st Place Chicago, 2nd Place Kansas City. Iowa State University – 1st Place Kansas City, 2nd Place Chicago.
Curt Zuckert (CME Group),Sarah Zerger, Hayden Guetterman, Lucas Roberts, Nate Christenson, Casey Engen
Jessi Bramhall (photo from the American Royal, Matthew Hicks Photography)
Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest presented by CHS
Held at National Grain Center, Nov. 15, 2016
Additional Sponsors: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, DuPont Pioneer, South Dakota Crop Improvement Assn, Federal Grain Inspection Service, South Dakota Seed Testing Laboratory, Best Harvest Bakery, Ingredion Inc.
Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest presented by CME Group
Held at Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Nov. 19, 2016
Additional Sponsors: GROWMARK, Society of Commercial Seed Technologists, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Federal Grain Inspection Service, South Dakota Seed Testing Laboratory
Kansas City Team Rankings
1 Iowa State
Kansas City Individual Rankings
1 Nate Christenson Iowa State
1 Kansas State
Chicago Individual Rankings
1 Jessi Bramhall Kansas State
University of Wisconsin-Platteville – 3rd Place Kansas City and Chicago. Brett Pluemer, Austin Ross, Ian VanHerzeele
2016 Officers of the Coaches Committee
Chair - Rob Proulx, University of Minnesota-Crookston
Vice Chair - Erik Christian, Iowa State University
Secretary/Contest Coordinator - Kevin Donnelly, Kansas State University
If you're interested in putting together a Crops Judging Team or participating in the next contest, please contact the secretary of the coaches committee, Kevin Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.