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Nathan Haugrud Defends M.S. Thesis

Nathan Haugrud successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Cultivation to Supplement Residual Herbicides in Sugarbeet”, October 31, 2018 at North Dakota State University.
Nathan Haugrud Defends M.S. Thesis

Nathan Haugrud (right) with advisor Dr. Tom Peters

December 5, 2018

Nathan Haugrud successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Cultivation to Supplement Residual Herbicides in Sugarbeet”, October 31, 2018 at North Dakota State University. His advisor is Tom Peters, assistant professor and Extension sugarbeet agronomist in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Haugrud’s research involved modifying the current sugarbeet weed control program to include mechanical cultivation in response to herbicide resistant waterhemp. He found that cultivation is an effective tool to remove the majority of herbicide resistant weeds from a field, with no negative effects on further weed emergence or crop yield.

Haugrud is from Rothsay, MN, and received his B.S. degree in Crop and Weed Sciences at North Dakota State University. He chose to remain at NDSU to pursue his master’s degree, because he was interested in researching weed control in sugarbeet, and he recognized Peters’s expertise on the subject.

As a graduate student at NDSU, Haugrud was a member of the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association, serving as treasurer in 2017 and secretary in 2018. He also was a student member of the North Central Weed Science Society.

Haugrud received several scholarships during his graduate studies.

  • Dr. John D. and Donna Nalewaja Plant Sciences Graduate Scholarship
  • Gustav N. Geiszler Memorial Scholarship
  • Alan Dexter Sugarbeet Scholarship

He also received several awards for his presentations and skill demonstration.

  • 1st place graduate individual in written calibration and agronomic problem solving; 3rd place overall graduate team. 2018. North Central Weed Science Society/Western Society of Weed Science Student Weed Contest.
  • 1st place presentation in agronomy and weed science. 2018. Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • 2nd place presentation. 2018. Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society Symposium. North Dakota State University. Fargo, ND.
  • 3rd place presentation in research proposals. 2017. Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Haugrud has accepted a position as a research specialist in the NDSU wheat quality lab directed by Senay Simsek, Bert L. D'Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor.

His graduate committee included Peters, Dr. Kirk Howatt, Dr. Ted Helms, and Dr. Tom DeSutter.

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

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