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Q&A with Intern Cole Reed

June 25, 2020
Name: Cole ReedUntitled-1.png
Title: Decision Ag Consultant
Location: Central
Hometown: Ottawa, KS
College: Kansas State University

Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship with MKC/TMA?
Reed: The role of a decison ag consultant caught my eye because I wanted an internship that would work with precision ag software. The DAC internship allows me to do that while gaining experience in crop scouting and interacting with the growers in the area.

Q: What does a day in the life of an MKC/TMA intern in your role look like?
Reed: A normal day in my role consists of meeting with my mentor to discuss what the day will consist of. From there I usually pull tissue samples at different stages of corn development to be sent off to a lab to see where it may be nutrient deficient. I also scout fields for weed pressure and surrounding fields for what crops are planted. After scouting, I report the findings back to my mentor, so work orders can be submitted for fields that might need sprayed with crop nutrient or crop protection products.

Q: What has been the most exciting or interesting thing you’ve learned so far?
Reed: The most interesting thing I have learned so far is the chemicals that can be applied to corn over the different stages of growth. I also got to experience flying a drone for field scouting and that was really interesting.

Q: What is one thing you have learned in your college education that you’ve been able to apply to your experience this summer?
Reed: Last semester I took a precision ag software course that gave me a great introduction in to how some of the precision ag tools that I‘ve used this summer work. The class allowed me to gain background information for troubleshooting issues when they arise, which happens quite often when dealing with technology.

Q: What have you gained from your internship experience that you will carry with you in the future?
Reed: I have gained great experience in using the precision ag technology tools that MKC utilizes. Getting first-hand experience in using Climate Fieldview, EFC Fieldalytics, and the Winfield United Field Forecasting and R7 tools will be experiences that I will be able to carry with me in the future.
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