By Kathy Gehl and Shelby Spreier, K-State Research and Extension news service
Manhattan, KS– The Kansas State University agronomy forage bowl team placed first at the 2023 National Forage Bowl Competition held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, marking the team’s third national title in the past nine years.
The competition took place during the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting from Jan. 8-11.
The National Forage Bowl is a team competition for undergraduate students, similar to the game show Jeopardy. Teams are asked questions from categories covering all aspects of forage production and management, ranging from history to identification.
Prior to the competition, each team member must individually complete a live plant identification quiz. The scores from the quiz are used to seed the teams in a bracket for the game. Team member Clayton Winslow placed first in the live plant identification quiz, putting K-State at a seeding advantage in the competition round.
The team is coached by Doohong Min, associate professor of agronomy. Team members are all seniors and include Brayden Carlgren, Scandia, Kansas; Clayton Winslow, Lamar, Missouri; Cajsa Carlgren, Scandia; and Grace Dunlap, Belton, Missouri.
“I am so grateful and proud of the forage bowl team students and their hard work to win the competition,” Min said.
Min organized the K-State forage bowl team in 2014, and led K-State to back-to-back national titles in 2015 and 2016. The team placed second in 2017 and 2020, before winning its third title this year.