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Released: Oct. 21, 2016

K-State Soil Judging Team takes top regional honors

2016 Soil Judging Team Win at UNL

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s Soil Judging Team won first place in the “Overall Team” and second place in the “Group Judging” categories at the 2016 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Oct. 9-14.

Erin Bush, senior from Franklin, Indiana, was second high individual, Jacob Reinecker, junior from, Caldwell, Idaho, tied for sixth, and Logan Evers, junior from Great Bend, Kansas tied for 10th.

Other team members include: Jaret Kluender, senior, Perryville, Missouri; Benjamin Hamill, senior, Newton, Kansas; Chris Weber, junior, Hoxie, Kansas; Tessa Zee, junior, Erie, Colorado; Keren Duerksen, sophomore, Newton, Kansas; Tara Wilson, sophomore, Highland, Michigan; Peter Bergkamp, freshman, Garden Plain, Kansas; and Lucas Scott, freshman, Olathe, Kansas.

The Soil Judging Team was coached by Mickey Ransom, K-State professor of agronomy, and assistant coach, Kim Kerschen, instructor and academic coordinator in agronomy.

 The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.


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Story by:
Steve Watson - swatson@ksu.edu

Additional Information: ]
Mickey Ransom - 785-532-7203 or mdransom@k-state.edu