Term needed: Summer
Faculty mentor name: Judit Barroso
BES Facility: CBARC
Location (town) of internship: Pendleton
Hourly Salary: $12 Expected hours/week: 40
Student may be asked to work on weekends or outside of 8-5
Occasionally field work may begin before 8:00am to avoid working during the hottest parts of the day.
Are Housing Benefits included in addition to hourly salary? no
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
Global wheat production is threatened by the escalating selection of herbicide resistant weed populations. The continuing evolution of herbicide resistance in major crop weeds is a driving force to develop new weed control strategies in field crops and to preserve the utility of herbicides.
This project will concentrate on the potential benefits of the use of chaff carts and bale direct systems to reduce weed infestations in wheat-production systems in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Their efficacy to control weeds is unknown because the proportion of weed seed per species collected by the combine and ejected with the chaff or straw has not been investigated.
The intern will assist in field and laboratory work to address the following objectives: 1) Evaluate chaff collection and chaff plus straw collection at harvest to reduce weed infestations, 2) Evaluate seed production, seed height, and seed retention of important weed species at harvest.
For this project, the intern will be expected to spend 15-20 hours per week outdoors and 20-25 hours per week in an indoor lab.
Among the different tasks where the student intern is expected to help are:
1) Collect weed plants from crop fields near CBARC once per week before harvest,
2) Evaluate seed production and seed retention of the collected plants,
3) Help to sample weeds in the field.
An interest in agronomy and/or in weed science is desirable.
The intern, as a member of a team, will be expected to help and learn from other activities/projects that the Weed Science Program is developing at CBARC.