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Peder Schmitz Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Peder Schmitz successfully defended his Plant Sciences doctoral dissertation, Strategies for Improving Wheat and Soybean Production Systems in North Dakota, on December 21, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Drs. Joel Ransom and Hans Kandel.

January 25, 2021

Peder Schmitz successfully defended his Plant Sciences doctoral dissertation, Strategies for Improving Wheat and Soybean Production Systems in North Dakota, on December 21, 2020, at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Drs. Joel Ransom and Hans Kandel, Plant Sciences professors and Extension agronomists.

Schmitz’s research evaluated the influence of planting date, seeding rate, genotype, and row spacing on hard red spring wheat (HRSW) and soybean yield and profitability. For HRSW, he found that wheat hybrids reach maximum yield at a relatively similar seeding rate compared to cultivars, indicating that hybrid wheat seed should be sold within a few dollars per seed unit of other cultivars for the experimental wheat hybrids to be economical for farmers to use. For soybean, he found that combining the best management strategies of early planting, higher than normal seeding rate, a later maturing genotype, and using a narrow row spacing greatly improved yield and partial net profit compared to conventional North Dakota soybean production practices. 

Schmitz is from Wheaton, Minnesota, and earned his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and master’s degree in plant sciences from North Dakota State University.

He chose to continue at NDSU for his graduate education when he learned more about NDSU Extension. “NDSU Extension provided me with more opportunities to directly interact with and impact farmers, which resonated with my farming background, making my decision to attend NDSU an easy one,” says Schmitz. He also complimented the Department of Plant Sciences for its diverse curriculum and opportunities to improve communication skills. 

During his graduate studies at NDSU, Schmitz received several scholarships.

  • Devin Miller Memorial Scholarship, Dr. and Mrs. Miller (2018-2019)

  • North Dakota Soybean Council Graduate Student Scholarship, North Dakota Soybean Council (2018-2019)

  • H.L. Bolley Graduate Scholarship, NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences (2019-2020)

  • H.L. Bolley Graduate Scholarship, NDSU Dept. of Plant Sciences (2020-2021)

  • North Dakota Soybean Council Graduate Student Scholarship, North Dakota Soybean Council (2020-2021)

Schmitz would like to work as a research agronomist in academia or industry.

His graduate committee consisted of Ransom, Kandel, Dr. Tom DeSutter, and Dr. Andrew Friskop.

Author: Kamie Beeson, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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