Row Crop Internships Provide AGEC Students' with many new Opportunities
Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication
Over the summer, many AGEC students interned in the row crop sector of the industry. Students gained experience in cold calls, new technology systems, new field applications, and knowledge on herbicides, hybrids, and field experiments to name a few.
Madison Rinehart (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Flora, IN) also interned with Corteva Agriscience and her main project was the 2018 Corteva Show Farm, which is nearly 30 acres of demonstration plots showing the product portfolio. Madison had the chance to give presentations about the products, interact with customers, and contribute to all the behind-the-scenes work put in to running the show farm.
Karlee Kitchel (Senior; Sales & Marketing; Flora, IN) was the Northern Indiana Crop Protection Sales Intern for Corteva Agriscience. She focused on keeping high call pressure at key retail locations while promoting and educating on Elevore, which is a new burn down herbicide. “I am so thankful for the hands-on learning and real-life experience I was able to gain through my internship!”
Zachary Goebel (Sophomore; Commodity Marketing; Poseyville, IN) was a Practical Farm Research Intern for Beck’s Hybrids. Zachary's focus was to assist in maintaining plots, labeling the plots, scouting fields and working on equipment. “I learned about the development of hybrids, and how seed corn is produced.”
Austin Porter (Senior; Sales and Marketing; Franklin, IN) also interned with Bayer Crop Science and was a Sales Excellence Intern. He focused on promoting and conducting sales of Delaro Fungicide and was successful in selling 4,500 acres worth of product. He owes his success to “traveling to different locations conducting educational field days on the uses and benefits of using Fungicide in a row crop application.”
Genna Wethington (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Geneseo, IL) was with Bayer Crop Science as a Row Crop Sales Intern. Her best piece of advice for students going into internships “is to be open, and most importantly, excited about the different experiences you can gain from stepping out of your comfort zone.”
Anna Long (Junior; Sales & Marketing; Olathe, KS) was a Sales Intern for Monsanto. She worked with CPS locations and grower lists to target candidates that were within a certain guideline she created and then called them to discuss Climate, the technology platform, with them. She found it interesting to see the differences in her first and last phone call after improving her sales pitch tactics.
Stephen Schwartz (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Noblesville, IN) worked for BASF as a Field Biology Research Intern. “I had never worked around irrigation equipment before this summer and was given the opportunity to learn and become skilled in the upkeep and operation of irrigation equipment.” Through his internship, he gained knowledge about the chemical industry and the specific products and practices that are most likely to succeed.
Cody Brunes (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Danville, IN) was the Advanced Sales Intern with AgriGold. His internship allowed him to deliver replant seed to customers, pick up return seed, put up field signs, prospect potential new customers, and plan customer appreciation events, but Cody’s favorite part was being able to set his own daily schedule. “I truly felt like I made a difference every single day I was working.”
Jesse Van Ness (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Danville, IN) and Cameron Myers (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Elwood, IN) both interned with BA Genetics. Jesse enjoyed that he got a feel of what he would do if he was there full time. “It’s not every day you get to work hands on with the owners of a company that are willing to develop you on a professional level as well as on a personal level.” Cameron’s take-away was that he developed a range of useful skills from cold calling potential customers to agronomic training.
Each student had varying experiences, which shows that there are many ways to get involved with row crops. Other students who also had internships in row crops were Jackson Allen, Sam Applegate, Nick Arnold, Nicholas Bowser, Rachel Clark, Cody Colbert, Kendell Combs, Grant Fitzmorris, Kyle Gick, Noah Green, Jacob Hellmich, Payton Hitchings, Peyton Keller, Benjamin Kuhn, Jordan Michel, Jordan Mills, Cole Mize, Jacob Mueller, Nathan Rayl, Spencer Rueff, Daniel Shew, Jackson Sills, Jordyn Sills, Elizabeth Stephens, Jessica Swope, Jacob Taylor, Erica Timmons, and Paige Wininger.