Rebecca Noe is a junior Agronomy at Iowa State University. This summer, she interned with Evergreen FS as a crop scout intern in Bloomington, Illinois. Over the summer, her main responsibility consisted of scouting customer’s fields at various growth stages. Along with being responsible for scouting over 10,000 acres, she also took detailed scouting notes that would go to each customer. When scouting the fields, she was looking for weed, insects, disease pressure, and any other abnormalities that she noticed. Performing emergence counts at the beginning of the season, and yield estimates at the end of her summer were two other tasks she was also in charge of. Besides scouting the fields, she also picked up seedboxes, retrieved parts, took inventory, and helped with any other tasks her Crop Specialist needed her to.
During Rebecca's summer, the most memorable experience was when her boss brought in two representatives from Dekalb/Bayer. These representatives gave the interns helpful tips about crop scouting that they were able to use during their time crop scouting. The representatives also taught them more about the Dekalb and Bayer system. “I always love learning from industry professionals, which made that day truly enjoyable,” Rebecca shared.
Rebecca was able to learn a vast amount throughout her summer with Evergreen FS. The biggest thing that she learned was how important collaboration is within the agronomy industry. “No one knows everything, so it is important to collaborate with those around you to give customers proper advice,” Rebecca shared. During her summer, she ran into situations where she was unsure of the identification of different things and explained how asking others for help was vital for her. She learned how important it is to ask questions when unsure of something because everyone is always learning.