Jacob Nikodym is interning with Research Designed for Agriculture (RD4AG) in Yuma, Arizona. Jacob is a Research Technician Intern and will act as a Project Manager for several trials. He will assist in establishing and maintaining field trials, collect plant and soil samples, calibrate and utilize application equipment, collect and analyze trial data, and prepare field reports. Jacob is looking forward to gaining experience working in diverse crops and production systems.
Lindsay Overmyer is in Yakima, Washington working as a Crop Scout with Agrimanagement. Lindsay will spend her summer scouting mint, hops, potatoes, and assisting with contract research projects. She is looking forward to understanding the diversity of agriculture in Yakima Valley.
Amy Hauver is doing her internship at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO. She will be working in ornamental horticulture to monitor and improve the health of plants in the gardens. A large part of her internship will be working with the visitors and guests to the gardens, and community outreach and education relating to the plants.
Callie Braley will be doing her internship with Crop Quest, Inc. in northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska. Her duties will including scouting corn, wheat, milo/sorghum, sunflower, and bean fields with agronomist, and then writing up reports to send to the farmers. Callie hopes to learn make timely and effective recommendations to address various problems in the fields, learn more about the business model for Crop Quest, and apply what she’s learned in school to practical, real-life situations.
Adam is in Jamestown, ND working with Dr. Lee Briese of Centrol Ag Consulting. As a Field Scout, Adam will be scouting crop fields for pests and other problems, identifying abiotic and manmade crop stress, and communicating his observations and management recommendations with supervisors and growers. He hopes to learn if direct-farm consulting is an avenue he’d like to pursue after graduation, and he’s looking forward to taking the theoretical concepts he’s learned in his coursework and applying it in practical scenarios.
Brett is interning as a Potato IPM Scout with Agri-Business Consultants, Inc. in Lansing, MI. His duties this summer will include monitoring in-season pest, fertility, and soil moisture statuses, rendering sound agronomic recommendations in conjunctions with supervisory consultant, and restructuring soil analysis database to support evolving business imperatives.
Ali Loker is working with Drs. Sam Wortman and Chuck Francis in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at UNL. She and Dr. Wortman are developing an online tool for Nebraska growers that will provide information about yield, quality, and disease resistance for different varieties of cucumbers, peppers, and broccoli. Ali and Dr. Francis are designing an online agroecology course for the summer of 2021. She is excited to gain research and course design experience this summer while developing resources for audiences across the state and country.
Chris Chen is in Lincoln this summer doing research on the effects of dicamba and 2, 4-D drift on lettuce and pumpkins. They are recording data on crop injury, yield loss, and residue persistence on the produce.
Aaron Sedivy is doing his internship here in Lincoln, NE with RhizoCity Farms. As a Regenerative Agricultural Production Intern, Aaron will produce a plant list and incorporate plants into a design for an unused city lot. He will design for horticulture therapy, ornamental value, food production, natural systems, emphasis of native plants, and low input/management once established. He will also develop a management schedule for site preparation, initial/end of season planting, and long-term objectives. Aaron hopes to gain experience and understanding of local, urban food production policies, and experience planning for high production in addition to high diversity for crop security health.
Zach Rystrom is participating in UNL TAPS this summer. Zach will be making production decisions for the 2020 corn SDI competitions through discussions with team members, acquire UAV commercial pilot’s license, and identify research projects where remote sensing data can be used to streamline data collection and to move from subjective to objective measurements. You can learn more about TAPS here: https://taps.unl.edu/