The University of Minnesota Crookston Crops Team competed recently in two National Collegiate Crop Contests finishing in the top three in both.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston Crops Team competed recently in two National Collegiate Crop Contests finishing in the top three in both. The team, coached by Rob Proulx, competed in Kansas City on November 14 and Chicago on November 18. The U of M Crookston Crops Team placed third in each of the contests just behind Kansas State and Iowa State who finished first and second respectively.

    The National Crops Judging Contest consists of three parts: plant and seed identification, commercial grain grading, and seed analysis. The Kansas City and Chicago contests 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.

    Members of the 2017 U of M Crookston Collegiate Crops Team included Anna Johnson, a senior majoring in agricultural education from Sebeka, Minn., Caleb Rempel a junior double majoring in agronomy and horticulture from Mountain Lake, Minn., and Mattie Schmitt, a senior agronomy major from Towner, N.D.

    In the Chicago contest in grain grading, Johnson placed sixth; Rempel in eighth; and Schmitt in tenth. In seed analysis, Johnson placed seventh; Rempel in fifth, and Schmitt in eleventh; and in identification, Johnson placed eighth; Rempel in fifth; and Schmitt in twelfth .

    In the individual overall placings in the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest, Johnson finished eighth; Rempel in seventh; and Schmitt in tenth to bring the team to its third place finish overall.

    In the Kansas City contest in grain grading, Johnson placed fourth; Rempel in fifteenth; and Schmitt in tenth.  In seed analysis, Johnson placed fourth; Rempel in tenth; and Schmitt in eighth; and in identification, Johnson placed seventh; Rempel in eighth; and Schmitt in tenth.

    Johnson placed in sixth; Rempel in ninth; and Schmitt in eighth in individual overall placings to bring the team to its third place finish overall at the Kansas City Collegiate Crops Contest.

    To view the results online and learn more about the crops teams, visit http://umccropsteam.crk.umn.edu/2017.