PURPOSE AND SCOPE
Practical Farm Research interns will be involved in several Research Learning Modules throughout the internship, including planting, data collection and thinning, plot identification, and production. Each experience will provide education and work experience in a different facet of research.
- Interns may learn how to setup and plant various types of research studies at the PFR farm site. This will include organizing seed, planting, cleaning out meter units, and flagging or staking plots as they are planted.
Data Collection and Thinning Module
- Interns will learn how to collect, report, and analyze stand count data, as well as thin plots to desired populations. Stand counts will be taken to compare fungicide treatments/insecticide treatments and many additional agronomic variables.
Plot Identification Module
- Interns will learn how test plots are designed and mapped as well as the proper identification of varieties and technologies by numbering and installing signs and stakes on plots.
- Interns will learn various aspects of production agriculture through agronomic support of Beck’s Hybrids sales staff in the marketing area. Opportunities will be available to ride along with the PFR Location Lead on customer calls to evaluate product performance.
This provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to diagnose agronomic issues and how to evaluate hybrid performance in real world production agriculture.
1. Education and training:
- Undergraduate course work in agricultural related field.
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record as determined by Beck’s automobile insurance policy.
- This is a safety-sensitive position.
2. Technical knowledge:
- Chauffer license or equivalent may be required.
- Farm background and general farm knowledge helpful.
- Start work in early May and work through early August.