Badger Weed Science Team flourishes at competition

The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Badger Weed Science Team took second overall and Nikola Arsenijevic placed first in the Weed Identification category in the North Central Weed Science Society Student Weed Contest held July 25. The event was hosted by Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center, Gothenburg, NE and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE.

The contest consisted of four major events — Weed Identification, Herbicide Application Technology, Identification of Unknown Herbicides, and Problem Solving and Recommendations.

Members of the second-place winning team include (left to right): Nikola Arsenijevic, Sarah Striegel, Lindsay Chamberlain and Derek Potratz.

Members of the graduate student team included Nikola Arsenijevic and Sarah Striegel (Werle Program), and Lindsay Chamberlain and Derek Potratz (Conley Program). Victor Ribeiro (Werle Program) competed as a graduate student individual.

The team was coached by Maxwel Oliveira (UW Weed Science Post-Doctoral Research Associate), Ryan DeWerff (UW Weed Science Research Specialist), and Rodrigo Werle (UW Assistant Professor and Weed Specialist). Devin Hammer (former UW Agronomy Graduate Student and Monsanto Weed Science TDR), Glenn Nice (University of Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training Program Manager), and Dan Smith (Southwest Regional Outreach Specialist with UW Nutrient and Pest Management Program) provided tremendous assistance with preparing the students for the contest.