Agronomy Clubs and Teams
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One of the best perks of Agronomy is the opportunity to network and build relationships through our clubs and teams. By participating you will set yourself up for academic and professional success and maybe make some friends along the way. Immersing yourself in activities outside of the classroom will enhance your agronomy experience, establish relationships and make your time here even more fun.
Laboratory & Outreach Coordinator
Clubs and Teams
WHO ARE WE
Students with a passion for Agronomy and the Agriculture industry. Many of our members have farming backgrounds, some aren't majoring in agriculture at all. Anyone with an interest in Agronomy is welcome to join!
WHO WE DO
We are a very active club. Our weekly meetings are composed of business and/or speakers, tours and activities. The business matters may be planning for national or regional meetings, outreach activities or our monthly work sessions. Work sessions include preparing teaching aids for outreach educational programs, FFA, 4-H, Scouts, and other educational institutions.
We host High School/middle school Soil and Crops Invitational contests/CDEs. We provide educational activities and give away popped corn at Purdue's Annual Spring Fest. We serve at the Ag Alumni Fish Fry. We participate in local food and clothing drives and adopt children for Christmas gift giving. This past Valentine's Day we made and distributed cards at the Indiana Veterans Home. As part of SASES we perform community service projects at regional and national meetings and compete in various competitions with other land grant colleges in the nation.
HOW TO JOIN
Come to our meetings!! Regular meetings are Wednesdays starting at 5:45 in Lilly Hall. Check the schedule to insure place or program for the weekly meeting. Our dues are $25.00 per year which includes membership in the National affiliate of the Students of Agronomy Soils and Environmental Science (SASES).
- Your membership in SASES provides professional, leadership and networking opportunities.
- You are involved and learn about the Agronomy, the Agronomy Department and its members.
- You can travel locally and nationally.
- You make lifelong friends.
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WHO ARE WEThe Purdue Crops Team is a competitive group of students who want to acquire hands-on experiences and knowledge in preparation for careers in the seed, plant and agronomic business field. Their contests involve plant, seed, and weed identification, grain grading, and seed analysis, and written evaluations and calibrations.
HOW WE PREPARE
Agronomy and Botany classes and independent studying help with our weekly evening practice sessions which aid in learning a multitude of seeds, crops and weed plants. Math and observation skills are heightened through planting calibrations and identification of diseases, damage and nutrient deficiencies.
We sponsor the Purdue middle/high school crops invitational CDE contest. We collect plants and prepare mounts, and make packets of seeds for identification used by educators in outreach, extension, schools and colleges.
We participate in National contests: SASES contests are held in the fall in Chicago, Kansas City and the National SASES meetings which will be held in San Antonio this year. The National NACTA contest rotates through various states during Spring semester as does the SASES regional meeting contest.
HOW TO JOIN
Students can join by contacting head coach Cory Gerber, or register for the crops judging class - AGRY 39900ZE
WHY JOIN THE PURDUE CROPS TEAM
- Make new friends and meet people from around the country
- Earn college credits and prepare for internships and future employment
- Opportunity to travel
- Learn about the seed industry while meeting industry professionals
- Have fun!
WHO ARE WE
We are students who are interested in studying, classifying, and judging soils. Some of our members have done soils judging before, while others are participating for the first time. Most of the students have majors within the college of agriculture and we encourage anyone to join. Experience is not necessary and any college level is welcome.
WHAT WE DO
Each year we participate in three contests: a regional contest in the fall and two national contests in the spring. During the fall semester we have field practice as well as in class exercises until the time of the regional contest. We meet once a week during regular class time to learn about general soil processes, geology and geography, land use, and classify soils using contest rules. We practice soil texturing, color analysis, then pull everything together with hands-on practice in the field.
We host the Purdue middle/high school soils invitational contest. We prepare soil texture kits and Munsell charts used by educators in outreach, extension, schools, and colleges.
The national and regional contests are one of the primary reasons we soil judge. We were the Midwest regional champions for the past four years. The national contests include the ASA contest and the NACTA contest. All soil judgers are encouraged to travel and participate in a soil judging contest regardless of experience. This past spring teams competed in national contests in California and at Murray State University. Both teams placed in top rankings for group and individual contests.
HOW TO JOIN
Students are able to join by contacting our head coach, Gary Steinhardt, or beginning judgers register for the soils judging class – AGRY 15500.
- Experience in soil judging develops valuable skills in soils that aid in internships and future job placement.
- You learn about different regions of the United States from a new soils perspective.
- You can travel around the country.
- You meet lots of exciting and interesting friends.
- Soils judging contests make many wonderful memories.
WHO ARE WEWe are students who are interested in a variety of current projects. The Soil and Water Conservation Society - Purdue chapter is not just a student organization but Soil and Water Conservation faculty and staff meet with students which forms the Purdue Chapter and is facilitated by the students. The group focuses on specific speakers from industries and professions who interact as speakers or involve the members in community programs as well as the state and national SWCS affiliate. Speakers are often former Purdue alumni, or state and national leaders which allows for some great networking. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the discussions.
WHAT WE DOWe hold monthly meetings with informal discussions about subjects usually related to agriculture and/or environmental issues. There are usually substantial refreshments provided.
HOW TO JOINStudents can join by attending the meetings or contacting our chapter advisor, Gary Steinhardt. Since this is the area chapter any student, faculty or staff member is welcome to join.
- Your experience in the soil and water conservation society provides valuable knowledge in current agriculture and environmental news.
- You learn about different fields and professions from people in industry.
- You meet interesting friends.
- Students join a great professional society, learn about upcoming internships and jobs, and may apply for scholarships.