MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State University Crops Team has captured the national championship for the third year in a row and 10th in the past 13 years.
To win the 2011 national championship, the team won both the Kansas City Board of Trade and Chicago CME Group Collegiate Crops Contests. K-State placed first at both contests in the plant and seed identification and seed analysis components of the competition. The team was first in Chicago and second in Kansas City in the grain grading component. The Kansas City and Chicago contests took place on Nov. 15 and 19, respectively.
The team was coached by Kevin Donnelly, K-State agronomy professor.
Students competing at both contests were Scott Henry, senior, Goff; Levi Larkins, senior, Belvue; Chelsea Ahlquist, sophomore, Onaga; and Kim Kerschen, senior, Garden Plain, who was the alternate. Also competing as alternates in Kansas City were Michael Welch, sophomore, Haddam; Andrew Scherrer, sophomore, Matheson, Colo.; Neal Kaiser, sophomore, Lehigh; and Hannah Christen, junior, Oregon, Ill. All are agronomy majors at K-State.
In these contests, participants are required to identify 200 plant or seed samples of crops and weeds; grade eight samples of grain according to Federal Grain Inspection Service standards; and analyze 10 seed samples to determine what contaminants they contain.
Top individual results:
Ahlquist - in Chicago, high individual overall, first in seed analysis, second in grain grading, and third in plant and seed identification; at Kansas City, second high individual overall, first in grain grading, second in plant and seed identification, fourth in seed analysis.
Henry - in Kansas City, high individual overall, second in both seed analysis and grain grading, third in plant and seed identification; at Chicago, second overall, first in grain grading, second in plant and seed identification, and fourth in seed analysis.
Larkins - fourth overall in Chicago and fifth in Kansas City; first in both contests in plant and seed identification, second in seed analysis in Kansas City and fourth in grain grading in Chicago.
For its performance, K-State received a team scholarship award from contest sponsors at Kansas City. In addition, CME Group provided major scholarships to the top five students at Chicago.