I Spy in the Rye…

 

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My oh my, look at that rye! Just sayin.

I spy in the rye… 

… new student interns!   Our 2015 summer internship program officially got underway last Monday.  On day one (a cold, blustery spring day much like today), our crew of student interns travelled with me to the ISU Northern Research Farm on the outskirts of Kanawha to get some hands-on experience with water sampling and cover crops.

These plots are part of cover crop mixtures demonstration project, funded through a USDA-NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grant.  While the project is investigating cover crop mixtures, you’ll just see cereal rye in these photos as the other species in the mixtures are not winter hardy.

Kayla Hasper, Pacifique Simon, and Megan Koppenhafer search for the suction lysimeter to begin the water sample extraction process.  Photo taken May 11, 2015.

Kayla Hasper, Pacifique Simon, and Megan Koppenhafer search for the suction lysimeter to begin the water sample extraction process. Photo taken May 11, 2015.

From left to right, Brian Stout, Mikayla Edwards, and Bailey Griffin bottle up a water sample extracted from one of the buried suction lysimeters in our cover crop plots at the ISU Northern Research Farm. Photo taken May 11, 2015.

From left to right, Brian Stout, Mikayla Edwards, and Bailey Griffin bottle up a water sample extracted from one of the buried suction lysimeters in our cover crop plots at the ISU Northern Research Farm. Photo taken May 11, 2015.

Student interns for summer 2015 include:

  • Mikayla Edwards (Anamosa, IA) – Animal Ecology, ISU
  • Bailey Griffin (Kasson, MN) – Biological Systems Engineering, ISU
  • Kayla Hasper (Montrose, IA) – Animal Ecology/Environmental Studies, ISU
  • Megan Koppenhafer (Williamsburg, IA) – Environmental Science/Community and Regional Planning, ISU
  • Pacifique Simon (Des Moines) – Agriculture Systems Technology/Industrial Technology, ISU
  • Samuel Waite (Waterloo) – Natural Resource Management, Hawkeye Community College
  • Brian Stout (Ames) – ISU Grad, Part-time summer staff with Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks!

While they are all bundled up in these pictures, soon these students will be seen in short sleeves, caps, and sunglasses as they travel across the state to field research sites as well as outreach events including visits to schools, outdoor classrooms, field days, and county fairs.  Keep an eye out for their smiling faces at a Conservation Station event near you!  This is really an outstanding group of students, and I hope you’ll get the opportunity to visit with them and hear their stories over the course of the summer months!

Ann Staudt

 

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