Iowa State Weed Science Team Wins First Place in Regional Contest

August 4th, 2016

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Weed Science Team placed first in a regional competition held at Purdue University July 27-28.

The North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Science Contest included 16 graduate and nine undergraduate teams.

The winning Iowa State undergraduate team included:
Brittany Kirsch, a junior in agronomy from Bode, Iowa
Lucas Roberts, a senior in agronomy and genetics from Trivolli, Illinois
Lauren Schwarck, a junior in agronomy junior from Spencer, Iowa
Nick Upah, a senior in agronomy from Kelley, Iowa

Roberts was the first place undergraduate individual and also won first place in the undergraduate weed identification competition. Lauren Schwarck received first place in the scenario to solve a farmer’s problem. Eric Jones, a graduate student in agronomy, competed in the individual graduate competition.

The North Central Weed Science Society contest was hosted by Purdue University at the Purdue Diagnostic Training Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The educational event offered networking opportunities with faculty, researchers, industry representatives and peers. The contest also increases visibility on the importance of weed science for the agricultural industry.


Erik Christian, Agronomy, 515-294-8983,
Barb McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-0707,