2020 DPH Student Internships & Summer Research

Callie Braley Summer Internship

Callie Braley

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.

Brett Lynn

Brett Lynn

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

Ali Loker

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

Chris Chen

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.

Zach Rystrom

Zach Rystrom

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/