Congratulations to the UNL Crops Judging Team on their recent success at competition! The team is coached by our current DPH student, Adam Striegel; check out the article below for more information on how they did:
On April 6th, the UNL Crops Judging Team traveled to the "Little Apple”- Manhattan, KS to compete at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference. Hosted by Kansas State University, the team competed in three of the thirteen contests: Crops Judging, Precision Agriculture and the Knowledge Bowl in the four-year university division.
UNL placed 2nd in the Precision Agriculture contest where students were quizzed over harvester settings as well as planter and sprayer calibration, and agronomic math. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke and Junior Bryant Biskup.
UNL placed 3rd in the Crops Judging contest where students were quizzed over plant and seed identification of 140 species of crops and weeds, general agronomic knowledge, agronomic math, and a lab practical covering the identification of insects, diseases and machinery, machinery components, agronomic inputs and pesticides, abiotic damage identification, plant staging and grain staging. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke and Cody Kuester. Also competing were juniors Bryant Biskup and Bryan Wietjes, and sophomores Samantha Teten, Collin Thompson and Kolby Grint which were unsecured to maintain eligibility for next year.
Senior member Jon Jahnke was also recognized for first place overall individual in the Math Exam component. Over 140 students competed in the crops judging contest.
UNL placed 3rd in the Knowledge Bowl where students were quizzed over questions relating to agronomy, food science, animal science, agricultural economics, and other related disciplines. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke, Junior Bryant Biskup and Sophomore Collin Thompson.
“Overall, I don’t think I could have asked for a better NACTA” Coach Striegel stated, “This was our freshman appearance as an organized crops team. To immediately compete with other programs which have been established for many years is remarkable, and I for one am extremely excited to see how we compete next year”.
Students interested in the crops judging team are encouraged to reach out to Adam Striegel Adam.Striegel@huskers.unl.edu