Media release - Southern Weed Contest


July 31, 2018

Southern Weed Contest Comes to Agricenter

MEMPHIS, TN --- Agricenter International will host 60 students for the Southern Weed Contest on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  Graduate and undergraduate students from universities across the southeast will convene to compete in this contest associated with the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS).  SWSS has been bringing together professionals since 1948 to elevate weed research and control on agricultural crops.  As future extension agents, researchers, and agronomists, these students can broaden their applied skills in weed science with real-world experience during the weed contest.  Participating schools include Universities of Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, and Florida, Texas A&M, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Auburn University, Virginia Tech, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Dr. Bruce Kirksey

Dr. Bruce Kirksey

“This event will undoubtedly be one of the highlights in these future weed scientists’ and agronomists’ careers,” says Dr. Bruce Kirksey, Director of Research at Agricenter International.  “Our mission at Agricenter is to advance knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  The Weed Contest will put these students in real world, real life situations.  I can’t think of a better way to use the knowledge that these students have acquired than to participate in this contest.”

The one-day contest includes both written and in-the-field tests on identification of 100 weeds in any number of growth stages (plus correct spelling of the scientific and common names).  They will also be tested on calibration and crop response to herbicides. Through observation of crop and weed responses, they must name the herbicide used in a plot.  Students must also identify what has happened to a crop and make a sound recommendation to the farmer.  The students will be competing as a team as well as individually for cash prizes. 

The event is closed to the public.

Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit or call 901-757-7777.


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