The Kansas State University Crops Team has again claimed the title of national champion, a feat that K-State teams have accomplished in seven of the past nine years.
The team won both the Kansas City Board of Trade and Chicago Collegiate Crops contests to win the national championship. K-State placed first in plant and seed identification and grain grading and second in seed analysis at both Kansas City and Chicago.
In these contests, participants are required to identify more than 200 different plant or seed samples of crops and weeds; do grain grading, which involves the examination of eight different samples of grain and determine the correct grade according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Grain Inspection Service standards; and do seed analysis, which requires competitors to determine whether seed samples contain impurities and if so, what contaminants exist.
Students competing at the national contest included Clint Patry, senior in agronomy, Colwich; Mike Popelka, senior in agronomy, Munden; and Cody Duitsman, junior in agronomy, Washington. The team was coached by Gerry Posler, K-State professor of agronomy.
Patry was high individual overall at Chicago, placing first in grain grading and third in seed analysis and identification. At Kansas City, he placed fourth overall, third in grain grading, fourth in identification and fifth in seed analysis.
Popelka placed third overall at Kansas City and fourth overall at Chicago. At Kansas City, he placed second in grain grading, third in identification and sixth in seed analysis. At Chicago, he also he placed first in identification with a score of 596.8 out of 600 points, seventh in grain grading and eighth in seed analysis.
Duitsman was the high individual overall at Kansas City, placing first in grain grading, third in seed analysis and sixth in identification. At Chicago, he was third high individual overall, second in grain grading and identification, and ninth in seed analysis.
Sponsors of the K-State Crops Team include the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Kansas Seed Industry Association, K-State department of agronomy and the K-State Student Governing Association. Major sponsors for the two national contests are the Kansas City Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Trade, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Growmark Cooperative and Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.