Project Term Availability: Summer 2019
Specific Duration Details:
Faculty Mentor Name: Guojie Wang
BES Facility Name: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center
Location (town name) of BES Facility: Union
Student Hourly Salary: $13/hour
Expected Hours/Week: 40
Hourly Working Parameters: This project deals with seeding, irrigating, raising, and harvesting forages. These duties will need to be completed in a timely manner. Intern may need to work in the early morning, late afternoon and/or weekends to complete the necessary field work.
Housing Benefit: A room in a trailer house, located on site, will be assigned to the intern to use during the internship with no charge to the intern. Intern may/may not share the trailer house with other interns. Necessary cleaning and housekeeping work need to be done on internâ€™s side. Rooms are available on a first come-first serve basis.
Driver's License Required: Yes
Project Description: The precipitation in June, July, August, and September of eastern Oregon is scarce. However, the forage demand in these summer months is comparable to the need in the spring and fall, if it is not more, creating a forage gap known as â€œsummer depressionâ€. In order to overcome the summer depression in forage production, forage and beef producers in eastern Oregon need to develop a production system that conserves water use with higher water use efficiency, and in the same time produce comparable or higher quantity and quality forages. Alternative perennial forage species such as birdsfoot trefoil, cicer milkvetch, wheatgrasses, wildryes, and bromegrasses along with traditional perennial forage species such as alfalfa, tall fescue, and timothy should be evaluated under different irrigation schedules.
The field study will be carried out at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Union, OR. The project general design is: 1) 20 alternative perennial forage species included; 2) four irrigation schedules including irrigation all season, irrigation until August 1, irrigation until June 15, and no irrigation imposed to those 20 forage species; 3) all the combinations of 20 species and four irrigation schedules replicated four times. Forage production and phenology will be monitored and analyzed in the growing season of 2019.
Student Responsibilities: The intern will be responsible for 1) searching each forage species information indoor and writing a literature review about the selected 20 alternative forage species, 2) managing forage plots including pest control, irrigation, and fertilization, 3) monitoring forage plots including species developmental stages, height, density, and production, 4) inputting and analyzing the collected data, and 5) interpreting results and making a poster.
The leaning objective of this internship is to 1) have hands-on opportunities in agriculture related activities, such as field measurement, seeding, fertilization, weed control, and irrigation; 2) have scientific training such as experimental design, data collection, field monitoring, and results interpretation; 3) interact with local producers and scientists and have a broader perspective on agriculture production through field tours and producersâ€™ meetings.
The expectations to the intern from project mentor is to 1) communicate with mentor, summer tech, graduate student, and other personnel effectively and work together efficiently; 2) perform the necessary daily tasks the intern responsible for smoothly with help from mentor and other personnel; 3) meet deadlines for this internship program midterm report and final poster presentation; 4) learn new scientific and practical knowledge daily and actively by asking questions, searching Internets, and other means.
Preferred Skills/Experience: The ability to pay close attention to detail;
Tolerance of repetitive work;
Mature and responsible with the ability to work independently or in a group;
Interest in agronomic practices."
Project Objectives: The project objective is to study alternative perennial forage species production and phenology under different irrigation scenarios. The specific objectives are: 1) Evaluate 20 alternative perennial forage species production and phenology; 2) Compare 20 alternative perennial forage species production and phenology under different irrigation schedules in eastern Oregon. Those 20 perennial forage species were seeded in 2016.
Criminal Background Check Required: Yes