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The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion by winning both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest. K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in 16 of the past 20 years. Iowa State University was in second place at both events, and the University of Minnesota-Crookston took third.

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Wenxuan Guo, Ph.D., an assistant professor in crop ecophysiology and precision agriculture in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Department of Plant and Soil Science, is using the drones to study the effects of variable rate irrigation in cotton yields.

The Pratt Livestock Auction, Pratt, Kansas, reported estimated receipts of 2,800 head selling Dec. 13, compared to 3,971 a week ago and 3,406 head last year, according to the USDA-Kansas Department of Agriculture Market News Service, Dodge City, Kansas.