Hart internship calls on all ag graduates

Research internship opens to ag graduates

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Agricultural science graduates are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Regional Internship in Applied Grains Research with the Hart Field-Site Group.

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FAR AFIELD: Emma Pearse, Miling, WA, secured the 2018 Regional Internship with the Hart Field-Site Group.

FAR AFIELD: Emma Pearse, Miling, WA, secured the 2018 Regional Internship with the Hart Field-Site Group.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Regional Internship in Applied Grains Research with the Hart Field-Site Group, with any graduates or honour students from the last five years with an interest in grains research encouraged to apply. 

The 12 month paid position based in Clare will start in late February and interns will gain research skills in trial design and management, sampling, statistical analysis of data and communication with growers and advisers.

The Hart Field Site Group conducts a number of trials across the Mid North which allows interns to contribute to areas such as weed management and control, soil fertility and crop nutrition, crop entomology, and agronomy and seeding systems. 

Hart research and extension manager and internship supervisor Sarah Noack, said the program is designed to give graduates experience in a range of areas in grains research to help define their career path.

“Previously we’ve had interns work on soil testing and plant nutrition, the evaluation of new wheat varieties and improving nodulation in pulses,” Ms Noack said.

This year’s intern, Emma Pearse, Miling, WA, applied to gain experience in agricultural research and to expand her networks.

She has already been involved in trial planning, sowing and early crop monitoring, interacting with a wide range of people in the agriculture industry.

“The internship has also helped increase my knowledge of grower issues in this region and helped me understand how that varies from farm to farm depending on soil, crop and disease history,” Ms Pearse said.

With support from the South Australian Grain’s Industry Trust and the SA Research and Development Institute, the internship project will receive funding until 2021.

Applicants will be assessed by a selection committee including representatives from Hart, SARDI, and SAGIT.

Applications close on August 31.

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