2016 State Fair Weed ID Contest Results

August 14, 2016 10:13 AM
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Although rain moved us indoors, we had a great turnout for the 2016 Weed Identification Contest.  This year's winner in the Professional Division is long-time participant Cindy Recker of Peosta, IA.  Cindy, a member of ISU's Crop Judging Team when she was a student, correctly identified 37 of 40 weeds.  Lowell Sandell of  Lincoln, NE (2015 Champion) finished second with a score of 35.  We always enjoy when amateur weed geeks beat the professionals.  Lowell worked for Weed Science Extension at the University of Nebraska for several years and now works for Valent.  Guess it shows Cyclones are better than Cornhuskers regardless of training.  

Landon VanDyke, a graduate of ISU's Agronomy Department, was first in the General Division with a great score of 34 out of 35 weeds.  Karen Stiles of Des Moines, a marine biologist relocated to IA who decided she needed a new hobby, finished second with 33 pts.  Henric Krause literally blew the competition out of the water in the Future Agronomist (Youth) division, properly identifying 15 out of 25 weeds.  Caleb Grossnickle showed who knows the weeds in the Grossnickle household by finishing 2nd in the youth division, whereas father Dean finished 4th in the Professional division.

We appreciate the assistance provided by Jim Lux and Brooke Hoey for helping make the contest run smoothly.  Hope to see everyone back next year.

New First Place ribbons for 2016.  

Thanks Ronda, supervisor of contests in the

Agriculture Building, for arranging for these.
The weeds are loaded at 5:45 AM and ready to 

head to the fair.  Brooke Hoey did a great job

of growing this year's specimens.
Professional champion Cindy Recker and 2nd Place

finisher in General Division Karen Stiles.


Meaghan Anderson Field Agronomist in Central Iowa

Meaghan Anderson is a field agronomist in central Iowa and an extension field specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Educational programming is available for farmers, agribusinesses, pesticide applicators, certified crop advisors, and other individuals interested in...