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K-State Soil Judging Team

Members of the 2017 K-State Soils Judging Team. Back row (l ro r): Mickey Ransom (coach), Lucas Scott, Jacob Reinecker, Chris Weber. Middle row (l to r): Sarah Zerger, Logan Evers, Tessa Zee, Peter Bergkamp, Colby Moorberg (assistant coach). Front row (l to r): Tara Wilson, Megan Owens, Keren Duerksen, Erin Bush (assistant coach), Lance Howe (NRCS Soil Scientist, Redfield). | Download this photo

K-State soil judging team takes regional honors, qualifies for nationals

Team will compete in Tennessee this spring

October 17, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University's Soil Judging team placed second at the 2017 Region 5 Soil Judging contest hosted by South Dakota State University in Redfield, South Dakota, on Sept. 29. By placing in the top two teams, K-State qualified for the National Soil Judging competition this spring in Tennessee.

Keren Duerksen, junior from Newton, Kansas, was 8th high individual and Jacob Reinecker, senior from Caldwell, Idaho, placed 9th.

Other team members include: Chris Weber, senior, Hoxie; Logan Evers, senior, Great Bend; Sarah Zerger, senior, Cheney; Tessa Zee, senior, Erie, Colo.; Tara Wilson, senior, Highland, Mich.; Peter Bergkamp, sophomore, Garden Plain; Megan Owens, sophomore, Harlan, Iowa; and Lucas Scott, sophomore, Olathe.

The team was coached by Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy, and assistant coaches Colby Moorberg, assistant professor of agronomy, and Erin Bush, graduate student in agronomy.

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


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K-State’s 2017 Soil Judging Team qualified for the national competition next spring in Tennessee.


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