Crop Science Student Wins Weed Science Society Southern Region Title
Southern Weed Contest winners include (left to right) Tristen Avent, Casey Arnold, Mason Kastner, Maria Carolina and Juan Camilo Velázquez. Coaches are CSES faculty members Jason Northworthy and Nilda Roman Burgos.
The U of A weed science team wrapped up the summer by winning the Southern Weed Science Society’s Southern Weed Contest on August 2nd in Memphis.
Competitors rotated to different stations where different weed science-related scenarios were staged. Students were tested and scored in each area, from herbicide symptoms and calibration to weed identification and crop/weed situation recommendations.
Arkansas took the title ahead of second-placed Virginia Tech, third-placed Mississippi State University, and seven other colleges.
Team members, all students in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences, include Tristen Avent, Mason Castner, Casey Arnold and Juan Camilo Velasquez.
Avent won the graduate student individual category, with Castner and Arnold placing 3rd and 6th respectively.
Avent also won the categories for calibration and herbicide symptoms.
Exchange student Maria Carolina de Carvalho Rocha Suze won the undergraduate category.
The team is led by Distinguished Professor Jason Noseworthy, Elm Agriculture Chief of Weed Science and Nilda Roma Burgos, Professor of Weed Physiology and Molecular Biology.
Other competing teams/universities include Auburn, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
The Weed Science Society of America promotes weed research, education, and outreach. Providing science-based information to the public and policy makers. Raise awareness of weeds and their impact on managed natural ecosystems.
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