Meet Adeline Thessen of Taos, Missouri, one of MFA’s Ag Experience interns. She is working in MFA’s Precision Agronomy Department this summer. A student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Adeline is working toward a degree in plant science with an emphasis in crop management. She is also double minoring in agriculture systems technology and agriculture business.
Her internship project involves working with spray drones, testing the amount of spray that is getting down into the crop canopy at a specific height and speed. She has done several test flights and says the outcome has been positive.
Adeline says MFA has provided her with several skills, and she pinpoints agronomy knowledge as the most important. “I have never really gotten to see the research side of things before,” she says, adding that her internship has given her experience in mapping out and reading research plots and looking at stages of corn and beans. “I am a big believer that you can learn more in the field than in a classroom, and I would say that has definitely been true this summer.”
Her advice to future interns is, “Show up on time, don’t be lazy, and work hard. You could have stepped into a role and have absolutely no idea what any of it was, but as long as you are teachable and willing to learn, that will take you further in life than any knowledge you bring into any job.”