The Collegiate Crops Judging Team from the University of Minnesota, Crookston competed in the national crops contests recently finishing second in both the Kansas City and Chicago contests. Members of the 2011 team include seniors Chase Boen, Karlstad, Minn., double majoring in agronomy and agricultural business; Matthew Green, Greenbush, Minn., triple majoring in agricultural systems management, agronomy, and agricultural business; and Ethan Hulst, Crookston, Minn., majoring in agronomy. The U of M, Crookston Collegiate Crops Team is coached for the second year by Rob Proulx, a lecturer in agronomy in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.
In their second place finish in the Kansas City, Mo., the team placed 192 points behind Kansas State University and 875 points ahead of South Dakota State University. The contest, held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the Kansas City Board of Trade, saw the team take first in grain grading, second in plant and seed identification, and second in seed analysis. A scholarship award of $500 from the Kansas City Board of Trade was awarded to the team for their second place finish. Individually, Hulst finished third overall with a first in seed analysis and earning honors as an All-American in grain grading and seed analysis (scores of 95% or better); Green finished sixth overall; and Boen finished seventh overall and earned honors as an All-American in grain grading (score of 95% or better).
With their second place in the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest, held Saturday, November 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., the team finished 215 points behind Kansas State University and 162 points ahead of South Dakota State University. The team was second in grain grading, second in plant and seed identification, and third in seed analysis.
In the photo, left to right: Coach Rob Proulx, Matthew Green, Ethan Hulst, and Chase Boen.
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