Terms needed:   Summer 2018, Fall 2018 - June 1-October 30

Faculty mentor name: Ruijun Qin

BES Facility:  HAREC

Location (town) of internship:   Hermiston

Hourly Salary: 14       Expected hours/week: 40

Student will have interaction with minors or access to hazardous chemicals. Student will need to complete a criminal background check.

Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background.



Columbia Basin of Oergion is a very important potato production region. Over recent years, new potato varieties are released by the Tri-state potato variety development program. However, their nutrient management guideline is still based on the traditional varieties. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the agronomic performance of these new varieties in large-scale fields and develop best management practices to improve nutrient use efficiency and achieve the ideal potato production and quality. In the past season, we had conducted a field trial to evaluate nitrogen requirement for two new varieties, i.e., Castle Russet (POR06V12-3) and Echo Russet (AO96141-3). In the following seasons, we will further evaluate these two varities. The data will help us to develop nitrogen recommendations specifically to the new varieties. Besides research efforts, we will conduct extension activities to introduce the research findings to growers in the Columbian Basin region and other main potato production regions and to promote the successful adoption of the new varieties throughout the Tri-Sate. The objective of this project is to a) evaluate field performance of the new potato varieties and develop nutrient management guideline to the potato production fields in the Columbia Basin; b) Introduce research findings to more potato production regions in Tri-State to promote the adoption of the new varieties.


This project will provide students experience in gricultural research through laboratory study, field trials, nutrient management, and crop management research. The student will have the chance to gain experience in the field agronomy programs with the irrigated conditions. The student intern will be expected to observe and collect data on crop growth, take soil and plant samples, measure yield and quality, and submit data/report to the PI.

Applicable majors include soil and crop science, agronomy, horticulture, and other agriculture related majors. Applicants should be motivated, hardworking, team-player, and physically able to work in field condictions.

Starting and ending dates will be determined on an individual's needs and project needs. The student intern will be expected to spend 30-40 hours per week for the project. Depending the availability, he/she may also have a chance to work for more research projects, such as biochar application, new crop.