Term needed: Summer
Faculty mentor name: Tracy Wilson
BES Facility: COARC
Location (town) of internship: Madras
Hourly Salary: $15.00 Expected hours/week: 35-40
Student may be asked to work on weekends or outside of 8-5. Occasionally, it may be required that work begin before 8am or go past 5pm to avoid being outdoors during the hottest parts of the day and/or to complete fieldwork. This is not a common occurance but is a part of conducting fieldwork.
Are Housing Benefits included in addition to hourly salary? no
Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background.
Central Oregon produces 85% of the carrot seed grown in the US. Very little research is available regarding nitrogen response of carrot. The current OSU Nutrient Management Guide for carrot seed has multiple years of data tracking nutrient uptake yet has limited guidance for nitrogen response as there was only one year of field data available. This proposal seeks to expand upon the findings of the OSU Nutrient Management Guide and refine the recommendations by adding more data on nitrogen response in carrot for seed production. In addition to nitrogen response, this proposal seeks to expand the knowledge base regarding nutrient uptake and partitioning in both the aboveground and belowground biomass. Previous research focused solely on aboveground biomass production. This project proposes to evaluate nitrogen response and to track nutrient uptake and partitioning in carrot plants grown for seed. This data will aid in refining nutrient recommendations for Oregon growers. Additionally, whole plant nutrient uptake data will be available to fresh market carrot growers to aid in nutrient management decision making.
For this project, the student intern will be expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week outdoors, approximately 5-10 hours in a workshop area, and 5-10 hours in the lab. Fieldwork will be conducted throughout the summer in carrot fields that are pollinated by bees and some fieldwork will be conducted while hives are in the field and bees are actively foraging. Bee suits are available for use should the student intern so desire. Student interns are advised to wear protective clothing and sunblock to avoid overexposure.