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Agronomy Team Intern

Sackett PotatoesMecosta, MI
Start date: 05/13/2024(flexible)Duration: 16 Weeks
Paid Internship$14 - $14/hr Plus benefits

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Job Title: Agronomy Internship

Summer and Early Fall 2024

Employer: Sackett Potatoes – Michigan

Location: Mecosta County, Michigan and Kankakee County, Illinois

Job Type: Full-time, Paid Summer Internship

Scouting Season: May 2024 - late August 2024. Start and end dates are flexible with university academic calendars. Some weekend work is required. Multiple internship positions are available. Some field work will be in Illinois 1 or 2 days each week.

Job Duties: Work with farm agronomist to make treatment decisions based on thresholds, economics, weather and additional IPM centered factors. Collecting wheat population density, growth stage and disease data. Scouting potato and corn fields for weeds, insects and diseases. Majority of time is spent in the potato crop looking for Late Blight, Phytophthora infestans, and quantifying Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, pressure.

Reporting all data into a mobile phone scouting app, farmQA.

Collecting weekly potato petiole and soil samples for nitrate tracking and nutrient levels. One intern will manage the sampling, paperwork and shipping samples every week.

Soil sampling using GPS technology for nematode populations and soil health properties in potato fields. One intern will take the lead on the farm wide nematode tracking project. This includes collecting, keeping records, storing and transporting the samples to the university testing lab or personnel.

Attending Michigan Potato industry related meetings and events. Attending field training sessions with other interns in the area.

Number of positions available



Applicants should be enrolled college students or recent college graduates interested in plants, insects, plant disease, precision agriculture or farming as possible career interests.

Applicants must have:

- a reliable vehicle and valid Driver’s License.

- the physical ability to walk over potato hills for 8 or more hours each day.

- a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

- the physical ability to work outdoors in humid and warm Michigan summer weather.

Preferred Skills:

Work experience scouting potatoes or another crop.

Knowledge or college coursework in crop scouting, plant health, plant biology, soil science or botany.

Experience in agronomic pest identification such as weeds, insects and fungal pathogens.

Experience with some GPS technology or Precision Agriculture.

This agronomy internship offers an opportunity to learn about IPM practices in commercially grown chipping potatoes. There are many challenges in growing a healthy potato crop including harm from plant parasitic nematodes, insects and disease to the seed piece, stem, leaves or tubers. Interns receive extensive training and work closely with the agronomist. It requires teamwork to make the best management decisions. The work is intense because potatoes are a complicated vegetable crop. Potato fields are scouted weekly.

Pay Rate: Hourly Rate of $14.00.

Mileage is reimbursed for use of personal vehicle between potato fields. All other equipment is provided. Free local housing options are available.

About Sackett Potatoes

Sackett Potatoes - MICHIGAN In 2024 we will be planting our 38th crop and have grown to a total of 7,700 acres. The primary crop grown is 3,600 acres of potatoes for the potato chip industry, marketed to E.K. Bare & Sons, Frito Lay, Inc., Great Lakes Potato Chip Co., Snyder's-Lance Inc., Shearer's Foods, Utz Quality Foods and Wise Foods, Inc. Our storage capacity has grown to 1,100,000 cwt. 1,400 acres of seed corn is grown for Pioneer Hi Bred International. 1,900 acres of field corn is marketed to local dairy farmers and elevators for feed. 600 acres of wheat is grown & harvested. We combine 40 years of potato farming experience with today's newest potato farming technology to meet the demands of modern business. We are continually upgrading our potato storages so we have state of the art technology to deliver high quality potatoes to our customers. Our long term crop rotation practices provide nutrient balance, prevents pest build up and avoids the establishment of resistant pest strains.
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Skills you'll need for this internship

    soil science
    precision agriculture
    soil sampling


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How will you be compensated for this role?

$14 - $14/hrHourly

Benefits for this internship

  • Free housing option included with job offer for for college interns. Single room with bathroom. Shared kitchen and laundry.


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What happens after you send in your application?

Sackett Potatoes has not provided an expected interview date. Due to the volume of applications, Sackett Potatoes has indicated that they will not follow up unless you are selected for an interview.

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