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Graduate Students Win Awards in Regional Weed Society Contest

Four graduate students in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University received awards at the 2018 North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Science Contest.
 
 

August 10, 2018

Four graduate students in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University received awards at the 2018 North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) Collegiate Weed Science Contest held July 26 at Gothenburg, Nebraska. The event was for graduate and undergraduate students in the NCWSS and the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS), of which NDSU is a member school.

The contest offers college students interested in weed science an educational experience, networking opportunities, and opportunities to apply their weed science knowledge in real-world scenarios. It consists of four events: weed identification, herbicide application technology, identification of unknown herbicides, and problem solving and recommendation. Points earned count toward individual and team scores.

Nathan Haugrud, from Rothsay, MN, won first place individual in the Western division graduate sections for written calibration and agronomic problem solving.

The NDSU graduate team, made up of master’s students Matthew Brooke, from Dickinson, ND; Haugrud; Kelly Satrom, from Galesburg, ND; and Nickolas Theisen, from Wisconsin Dells, WI, placed third overall out of five Western division schools.

Brooke and Theisen are advised by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti. Haugrud is advised by Dr. Tom Peters and Satrom is advised by Dr. Kirk Howatt.

Undergraduate students who also attended the contest were Mackenzie Derry, Jacob Eberle, Jewel Faul and Charles Tvedt.

Howatt and Haugrud organized the trip for the NDSU students and held study sessions over the summer to help the students prepare. Over $1000 was raised from private industry to help fund the trip. The team thanks Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, BASF and Gregory Dahl for donating funds toward the trip.

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

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