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NDSU Agronomy Students Recognized Among Thousands at Conference

The North Dakota State agronomy team brought numerous awards back to Fargo, along with new experiences this November.

The four NDSU Agronomy Club students traveled Nov. 2-5 to Long Beach, Calif., for the 2014 International Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

The  team — Jodi Boe, John Breker, Justin Zahradka and Nevada Turbiville — placed second in the Quiz Bowl event.

Within the Quiz Bowl competition, the team members go through three stages of the event: Lab Practical, Crop and Weed Plant and Seed Identification and Agronomic Problem Solving.

“The four of us competed in the Quiz Bowl competition,” Boe, a senior majoring in crop and weed sciences, said. “That was a lot of fun, a lot of colleges with teams.”

Boe took first place in the Collegiate Crops Judging Contest, which consists of seed identification, seed analysis and grain grading.

Scientists, students and professionals from all around attended the annual meeting. There were 4,000 people in attendance, 370 of these were undergraduates.

Between competing and listening to speakers, the team did some touring of agriculture around the area.

“The first tour we went on was to the San Joaquin Valley where we saw upwards of 30 different crops being grown,” Boe said. “We even went into a cotton gin facility.”

The San Joaquin Valley is known nationally for its production of cotton, grapes and nuts.

“I really enjoyed meeting and visiting with the huge array of people there, all interested and deeply passionate about soil and crop science,” Boe said.

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