Crops team takes second place at national competition

December 12, 2013
Pictured left to right: Dr. Roger Higgs, coach; Brittany Iverson, Austin Underdahl, Garrett Badtke, Emma Addy, Rodger Williams and Erica McComish

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Recently, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville collegiate crops team placed second in both the Kansas City, Kan., and Chicago, Ill., collegiate crops contests.

The UW-Platteville team has placed second in these contests 25 times and first on 10 occasions.

The UW-Platteville team won the seed analysis phase in both contests and placed second in both the identification phases and commercial grain grading phases. Kansas State won both contests.

Third through eighth place teams were University of Minnesota-Crookston, Virginia Tech, South Dakota State, Oklahoma State, Murray State and Missouri State.

In Kansas City, Emma Addy, a sophomore soil and crop science major from Cascade, Iowa, was the top individual with 591 points out of 600. Overall, Garrett Badtke, a sophomore soil and crop science major from Mt. Carroll, Ill., placed fourth; Addy placed fifth and Austin Underdahl, a sophomore soil and crop science major from DeForest, Wis., placed sixth.

In Chicago, Badtke placed first with 595 points out of 600. Underdahl placed second with 591 points out of 600, and Brittany Iverson, a sophomore soil and crop science major from Oconto Falls, Wis., placed sixth in seed analysis. Overall, Badtke placed fourth, Iverson placed fifth and Underdahl placed sixth in Chicago.

Rodger Williams, a freshman soil and crop science major from Doylestown, Wis., and Erica McComish, a junior soil and crop science and Spanish education major from Shullsburg, Wis., were the participating team alternates.

The Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation helps support the UW-Platteville collegiate crops team. 

Contact: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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