Alli Harms, junior in agronomy, spent her past summer in Milford, Iowa, with Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator as an Agronomy Sales Intern. Each day was different throughout her internship. A couple of things she focused on were crop scouting, tissue and nitrate sampling, and attending meetings and plots. A few of her other responsibilities included putting up field signs, training, working on field trials, transporting materials to growers, and flying the drone.
Senior in agronomy Tyler Flak had the opportunity to spend his summer as an agronomy intern at CNH Industrial.
Tyler spent his time both in the office and field. In the office, he worked on field data, background reading, and presentation. When he was in the field he collected data and helped setup experiments.
Tyler's favorite part of his internship was traveling to Kentucky to work on farm trials.
By being in agronomy classes at Iowa State, Tyler learned to have an open mind and was also exposed to different crop production, such as wheat, that he found to be very helpful. He also had experience from past internships working with sprayer application that provided him with a good background for being an agronomy intern.
Junior in agronomy Erin Stichter spent her summer as a production intern for Wyffels Hybrids.
Erin performed an array of jobs during her internship, beginning in the warehouse backhauling corn. She also worked briefly with field operations early in the season to help plant the seed corn fields. Once the corn was backhauled, Erin spent her work days in field operations. She scouted fields for planting errors as well as other economic risks before detassling began. In the late summer, Erin dedicated the majority of her time to field inspections for quality assurance once detassling crews had went through the fields. Erin added that everyday there was a chance to learn something new.
Daniel has been an Agronomy Club member for two years.
This past summer, Daniel worked for DuPont Pioneer as an agronomy intern covering Northern Illinois. He started out his summer with the responsibility of crop scouting plots.
Daniel said, “I have filled the remainder of the time participating in summer crop meetings with sales reps, working on my project and monitoring corn rootworm levels. My project was looking at the effects of different soybean seed treatments on root development."
When asked what he was most excited to learn about/do, Daniel said, “It has been an awesome experience to meet and interact with the Pioneer Sales team as well as Northern Illinois farmers”.