As the last of the 2014 crop gets planted into the ground, and the summer weather begins to return, (finally), I find myself in another internship with Corn Capital Innovations. For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, my name is Reed Nelson. I am an Olivia, Minnesota native, as well as, a senior at St. Cloud State University. I am currently in my last year of pursuing a business degree with an emphasis in Marketing. As an intern for Corn Capital Innovations last summer, I was exposed to: net effective plant stands (NEPS), soil sampling, field scouting, plot management, sales camp, Ag Venture Inc.(AVI) summer meeting, warehouse inventory process, intern training sessions, and much more. This summer, I plan to experience a lot of the activities listed above, as well as, expanding my experiences and knowledge.
When I first arrived at Corn Capital Innovations on May 12th, I found our warehouse full of beans and corn that was waiting to be delivered to farmers to be planted. However, due to lengthy rains and cold weather, the planting process had been delayed and drug out. During my first few weeks here, my time was mostly spent treating seed, preparing deliveries, and organizing our summer plots. I also had the opportunity to attend the first summer intern training session in Ames, Iowa where I was introduced to several members of the AVI team, as well as, fellow interns from other regional seed companies throughout the AgVenture system. This session provided me with an excellent opportunity to network with my peers and gain Ag knowledge from agronomist, Jerry Hartsock.
This summer I will focus on customer interaction and incorporating the technical skills I have obtained over the last year into interacting with customers. I plan to incorporate the tools I have learned throughout my business schooling at St. Cloud, and hopefully bring back real life experiences to help me in the classroom this fall. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you all throughout the year and help produce the best crop possible, as well as, a positive experience. Have a fun and safe summer. I hope to see you soon.