Crops Agronomic research and farming methods promoting water conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation
(Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick)
The program will allow the student opportunities to collect field data, participate in many aspects of commercial crop production, learn and research cropping systems that protect our soils on the High Plains, one of the most valuable farming regions in the United States.
Eastern Colorado (Akron) is home to the USDA, Agricultural Research Station where the student will be able to work will water conservation experts, agricultural scientists, and be a part of the valuable research important to our nation’s food supply.
In addition, the student will get hands on experience collecting data in the field, collaborating with farmers, and working with experienced agronomists, and crop production specialists.
Goals, Scope and Objectives:
Scope: The wheat variety trials will provide the student with the most field and data collection methods, however, the student will participate in field work for all our crops that we will planting and harvesting, as well as data collection for all the crops. This will increase their knowledge of local farming practices and our research methods and goals. These crops include wheat, dryland and irrigated corn, grain and forage sorghum, cowpeas, dry beans, and sunflowers.
Objective: Provide the intern with measurable and marketable life and work skills.
With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?
USDA research personnel, as available
What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?
Professional Development: Goal setting and data collection. Attention to detail. Problem solving. Communicating results. Critical thinking. Project management. Organization and planning.