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Matt Chaput Completes M.S. in Plant Sciences

Chaput completed corn grain yield research, which looks at drainage, tillage and nitrogen fertilizers. He will soon begin work as an agronomist at Weston Seed House in Sarles, North Dakota.
Matt Chaput Completes M.S. in Plant Sciences

Matt Chaput (left) with adviser Dr. Joel Ransom

Matt Chaput presented his M.S. research, Raised Beds, Tile Drainage, and Nitrogen Fertilizer Management on Corn Yield in Eastern North Dakota, on Friday, February 28, 2014.  

Chaput conducted his M.S. research experiments in high clay content soils that are prone to waterlogging. He compared corn grain yield in raised beds and conventionally tilled plots, and in tiled (subsurface drainage systems) and non-tiled plots. He also looked at the effect of nitrogen fertilizer rates, nitrogen fertilizer practices and the interactions between drainage, tillage, nitrogen fertilizer rates and nitrogen fertilizer practices on corn grain yield.

During his studies Chaput was active in the Bison Archery Club and interned at the Langdon, ND Research Extension Center. He received the 2010 Russell and Anna Duncan Scholarship, the 2011 Dwayne Meyer Scholarship, and the 2013 Eric Matthew Miller Memorial Scholarship.

Looking back on his time at NDSU, Chaput says, “I chose NDSU because I grew up in North Dakota and I wanted to stay in North Dakota. I would say that NDSU is a great college, and the town of Fargo is a good place to live. The NDSU Plant Sciences Department has a lot of great professors that are very knowledgeable and are always willing to take time out of their day to help a student.”

Chaput will begin working as an agronomist for Weston Seed House near Sarles, ND, and although he has finished his time at NDSU, he will return for graduation in May 2014.

Chaput’s graduate committee included Dr. Hans Kandel, Dr. Burton Johnson, Dr. Jay Goos and adviser Dr. Joel Ransom.

Source: Matt Chaput (contact Dr. Joel Ransom, 701-231-7405,
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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