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Bethany Christensen Defends Plant Sciences M.S. Thesis

North Dakota State University M.S. candidate Bethany Christensen successfully defended her Plant Sciences thesis on November 7, 2019.
Bethany Christensen Defends Plant Sciences M.S. Thesis

Bethany Christensen (left) and advisor Dr. Joel Ransom

November 19, 2019

North Dakota State University M.S. candidate Bethany Christensen successfully defended her Plant Sciences thesis, Using Mid-Season NDVI Data from Drones to Produce Variable Rate Fertilizer Maps in Wheat, on November 7, 2019.

She researched using variable rate prescription maps to improve nitrogen use efficiency within a field by directing N applications where it is needed. She hypothesized that if NDVI collected with a drone could be used to predict yield, it also could be used to develop N rate prescription maps.

Christensen, who is from Campbell, Minnesota, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Weed Sciences at NDSU. She received two scholarships during her graduate studies; the John Rouzie Scholarship (2018-2019) and the Charles and Linda Moses Presidential Graduate Fellowship Endowment (2019-2020).

Christensen was advised by Joel Ransom and her graduate committee included Stephanie Day, Ed Deckard, and Dave Franzen.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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