Johanna Couchman wins 3rd place in 2012 Crops Competition and a crops study tour to USA!

17 September 2012

Johanna Couchman, a third year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, won third place at the 2012 Australian Universities Crops Competition, held at Temora, NSW on 13 and 14 September 2012. Her prize includes an international ten-day study tour to compete in the Collegiate Crops Contest held in November 2012 in Kansas, USA. Joanna's award will include airfares, accommodation, meals enterprise visits, and registration to compete in the Collegiate Crops Contest. Johanna has also won $250 in cash and free registration at the Innovation Generation Conference organised by Graingrowers. This year, the competition was preceded by "training" at a growers' field day on 12 September at the Temora Agricultural Research Station managed by FarmLink Research and the Temora Shire Council. The Australian Universities Crops Competition was held over two days covering a range of topics across the Australian grains industry supply chain, from seed identification and grain grading to calculating gross margins and yield potential. The US National Collegiate Crops Contest Champions in 2011, Kansas State University was also invited by Graingrowers to compete with the other Australian Universities in the Crops Competition this year.

Winner Johanna Couchman with Mike Southan
Winner Johanna Couchman with Mike Southan

The University of Sydney entered five students into the competition this year and the Sydney university team won third place overall based on the three highest scoring individuals from each university, beating Kansas State University, La Trobe University and the University of New England. The team was led by Edward Jones, the winner of the 2011 Australian Universities Crops Competition and Dr Daniel Tan. The other students in the Sydney team are Claire Barrat, Benjamin Romeo, Jeshua Smith and Justin Walsh with John Travers as first reserve. The overall winner of the competition was Charles Sturt University and Curtin University was in second place.

Contact: Dr Daniel Tan

Phone: 02 8627 1052

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