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Texas Tech No. 1 again in National Agronomy Quiz Bowl

image image Texas Tech University’s Agronomy Club held the top spot again at the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) National Meeting, held Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburg. It’s the third year in a row for the Red Raiders to walk away as national champions.

The competition hosted more than 20 teams from across the nation, including Kansas State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois and Purdue University, officials said. Participants competed in oral and poster presentation events, as well as the Quiz Bowl.

Team members include:
Justin Cave, a junior from Ackerly
Ward McCown, a senior from Wolfforth
Heath Reeves, a senior from Hale Center
Galen Roberts , a senior from Brownfield

Tech’s Agronomy Club Team is coached by Craig Bednarz, a professor of crop physiology in the plant and soil science department with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research. The annual competition, which began in the 1960s, is held in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy International Annual Meeting.

SASES, an undergraduate student organization of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America, is composed of chapters located at colleges and universities that provide a curriculum in agronomy, crops, soils and environmental sciences.

A variety of programs and activities are offered on the local and national level for students to become professionally involved and to prepare for their future careers, officials said.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Craig Bednarz, Professor of Crop Physiology with joint appointment with Texas AgriLife Research, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-1631 or



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