Collegiate Crops Judging Team from U of M, Crookston Brings Home Two Second-Place Finishes in National Competitions

The Collegiate Crops Judging Team from the University of Minnesota, Crookston 2011 Crops Team.jpgcompeted 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.

Individually, Green finished fifth overall earning a scholarship award of $500 from the CME Group/Chicago Board of Trade; Hulst finished sixth overall and took honors as an All-American in plant and seed identification (score of 95% or better); and Boen finished in eighth place overall.

The crops contests integrate a student's knowledge of agronomy into three categories: seed analysis, grain grading and crop and weed identification. The Kansas City and Chicago contest represent the national finals of collegiate crops competition for the year. Preparation for crops contests teaches evaluation of crops for quality relative to certification, viability, and marketing.

The first Collegiate Crops Contest was held in 1923 and in Kansas City in 1929. Collectively in the 88 years of competition, 161 crops contests have taken place. Teams from the U of M, Crookston have competed in the crops contests for 40 years. They have finished in the top four 30 times and four times when the team fell out of the top four, the teams consisted of only two members rather than the usual three-member team. Both times those teams placed sixth overall. To learn more about the contests, visit www.crops.org/students/contests.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, left to right: Coach Rob Proulx, Matthew Green, Ethan Hulst, and Chase Boen.

Contact: Rob Proulx, instructor, agronomy, 218-281-8136 (prou0041@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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