K-State Research and Extension News
October 04, 2013
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K-State Soil Judging Team Takes First At Regional Competition

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MANHATTAN, KAN. – The Kansas State University Soil Judging Team won the Region 5 Soil Judging Contest hosted by Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. from September 16 - 20, 2013. The team took first place overall and third in group judging.

Michelle Busch was 1st High Individual; Erin Bush was 3rd High Individual; and Dorothy Menefee was 8th High Individual.

The K-State team is coached by Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy, and assisted by Kim Kerschen, Garden Plain, Kan. and Matti Kuykendall, Osage City, Kan., who are both graduate students in agronomy.

K-State soil judging team members and their hometowns include:

Jeffrey Albers, junior, Oakley, Kan.; John Bergkamp, sophomore, Garden Plain, Kan.; Jessica Barnett, senior, Belleville, Kan.; Michelle Busch, senior, Shawnee, Kan.; Erin Bush, freshman, Franklin, Ind.; Garrison Gundy, junior, Halstead, Kan.; Reed Koop, sophomore, Abilene, Kan.; Holly Laughlin, sophomore, Haven, Kan.; Dorothy Menefee, senior, Spring Hill, Kan.; Evelyn Nordberg, junior, Fayetteville, N.Y.; Kyle Stropes, senior, Hutchinson, Kan.; and Christina Wilson, senior, Hartford, Kan.

The contest is an activity of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Steve Watson
K-State Research & Extension News

Mickey Ransom at 785-532-7203 or mdransom@ksu.edu