UW-Platteville hosts National Collegiate Soils Contest

May 1, 2013
UW-Platteville hosts National Collegiate Soils Contest

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted the 53rd annual National Collegiate Soils Contest, which concluded on Friday, April 26. The contest was held at various sites throughout the region.

“The event went really well,” said Dr. Chris Baxter, associate professor of soil and crop science, who organized the contest. “The weather was good and we had excellent sites and facilities.”

Approximately 200 students from 23 colleges and universities competed in the event, which included individual, group and an overall competition. Teams qualified for the contest by placing among the top teams in their regional contests.

This year’s overall winning team was the University of Maryland, followed by Iowa State University and Purdue University. The University of Maryland also placed first in the group portion of the contest. “There was a nice mix of students from several colleges and universities who placed high in the individual competition,” said Baxter. “It was a really close competition.”

UW-Platteville is an 11-time national champion and has the longest continuous streak (40 years) in the country of attending the NCSC. This was the first year that the university hosted the national contest, but as hosts were not able to compete for the title.

“The amount of education we can provide in a short time with this competition, there really is nothing like it,” said Baxter.

In addition to the contest, participants also had the opportunity to tour the Coon Creek Watershed near La Crosse, Wis., where they learned about the history of soil conservation efforts in the region.

Delegates from the International Union of Soil Science attended the event to prepare for the first-ever International Soils Competition, which will be held during the 20th World Congress of Soil Science in South Korea in the summer of 2014.

“They documented everything that we did,” said Baxter, who was asked to join the International Soils Competition Committee. “I am happy that we provided them with a great example.”

Financial support for the contest was provided by the Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Wisconsin Society of Professional Soil Scientists, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, FS Growmark and alumni donations.

More information and complete contest results can be viewed at the NCSC website: www.uwplatt.edu/soa/ncsc/index.html.

Contact: Dr. Chris Baxter, associate professor of soil and crop science, (608) 342-1388, baxterch@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Nicole Smith and Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu


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