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UW-River Falls Soils & Crops Teams in the Top Three at NACTA
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/29/2014

Teams from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls took first place in the soils competition and third place in the crops competition at the annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference. The event was held earlier this month at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

The first place UW-RF soils team included Nicky Broeske of Dorchester, Rob Wayne of Eau Galle, Nate Hankes of Beaver Dam, and Katie Wolff of St. Paul, Minn. Individually, Wolff took third place, Hankes was 7th and Wayne 10th from among the nearly 40 competitors. In the soils competition the students are given a limited amount of time to give a description and interpretation of the soil at four different sites. The three highest scores for each team at each site are used to calculate the team scores.

Sixteen teams competed in the crops competition which had four separate components: a written agronomy quiz; a practical with math problems related to agronomy; a lab practical with 75 stations where students must identify, interpret, calculate or evaluate the items or materials; and a crop and weed plant and seed identification component. The four members of the UWRF team that took third places were Nikki Stehr of Zumbrota, Minn., Jacob Andrle of River Falls, Michael Pechacek of Prescott, and Eric Bechel of Durand.

In addition to the team members, six other UWRF students were non-competing participants. They experienced the contest but were not eligible for individual awards and their scores did not contribute to the team score.

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