Students take honors at National Soils Contest

May 5, 2014
Russell Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Collegiate Soils Team recently competed in two national contests in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., hosted the 54th annual National Collegiate Soils Contest, sponsored by Students in Agriculture, Soils, and Environmental Science, the undergraduate student division of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. The team qualified for the contest by placing second in the regional competition held last fall. A total of 76 students from 19 universities competed in the event, which was held at the beginning of April. Participating in the event were Sam Dempsey of Palmayra, Wis.; Austin Ewoldt of Maquoketa, Iowa; James Kasang of Chicago, Ill.; Sarah Smith of Ashton, Ill.; Kyle Weber of Volga, Iowa; and Miranda Yoose from Lancaster, Wis. In the overall competition, UW-Platteville placed eighth among 19 teams participating.

This contest also served as a qualifying contest for the inaugural International Soil Judging Competition, which will be held in conjunction with the World Congress of Soil Science in June on JeJu Island, South Korea. By virtue of placing eighth in the individual portion of the national contest, Weber qualified to be a member on one of the two teams representing the United States in the international competition. Dr. Chris Baxter, coach of the UW-Platteville Soils Team, will have the distinct honor of coaching a team representing the United States at the international contest.

The UW-Platteville Collegiate Soils Team also competed in the National Association of College Teachers in Agriculture contest, which was hosted by Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., April 8-12. Participating in the event were Mikayla Horstman of Bangor, Wis.; Brittany Iverson of Oconto Falls, Wis.; Alec Kueter from Dubuque, Iowa; Danielle Morgan of Bloomington, Wis.; Jacob Petrie of Chilton Wis.; and Zach Trower of Baraboo, Wis. The UW-Platteville team placed second among seven teams competing in the event, and Horstman placed first in the individual portion of the contest.

The UW-Platteville Soils Team would like to acknowledge the Glenn Webb Education Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation, SUFAC, and alumni contributions to the Soils and Crops Endowment Fund for their continued financial support.

Formatted by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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