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Nick Theisen Defends M.S. Thesis

Nick Theisen successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Management Strategies for the Cultivation of Hop: A Specialty Crop for North Dakota, May 10, 2019 at North Dakota State University.
Nick Theisen Defends M.S. Thesis

Nick Theisen and advisor Harlene Hatterman-Valenti

May 30, 2019

Nick Theisen successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Management Strategies for the Cultivation of Hop: A Specialty Crop for North Dakota, May 10, 2019 at North Dakota State University.

With exponential growth of the brewing industry in recent years, there has been increased interest to produce hops outside traditional growing regions. The purpose of Theisen’s research was to identify productive cultivars for hop growers within North Dakota. Additional research objectives were to identify weed control, fertilizer, and cultural management practices for the successful cultivation of hop within the state.

Theisen is from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and received his bachelor’s degree in Soil and Crop Science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He chose to pursue his master’s degree at NDSU because of the “welcoming environment [created] by students, staff and faculty,” and the “priority and standards the state of North Dakota places on agricultural science and research.”

“My time at NDSU was an excellent educational experience that surrounded me with great support and a comfortable atmosphere,” said Theisen.

Theisen served as the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association vice president in 2018 and as a committee member for the 2019 Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium hosted at NDSU. He was also part of the third place graduate team in the 2018 Western Society of Weed Science Collegiate Weed Science Contest.

Theisen has accepted a management trainee position with Briess Malt and Ingredients Company, where he will work with barley production and agronomy, as well as aspects of the malting process.

Theisen was advised by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, professor and leader of the high value crops production program in the Department of Plant Sciences. His graduate committee also included Dr. Burton Johnson and Dr. Paul Schwarz.

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

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