Ryan Tietje 2017-08-30 01:15:16
Field Operations Manager The Ohio State University Ag Systems Management, B.S., 2017 Hometown: Deshler, Ohio Enjoys: welding, wakeboarding, and anything ag Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) has been a perfect fit for me, and I couldn’t be happier with all the major has to offer. I have always had a passion for agriculture, but I wanted to have a better understanding of the whole puzzle. Through my parents’ encouragement and the ASM major, all the pieces of the puzzle have come together for me. Internships are a critical part of the ASM degree, and I encourage any current or future student to take advantage of as many as possible. An internship can be seen as a drawn-out job interview. You get a feel for the work as well as the company, and you explore if it’s the right fit for you as a future career. I had three great experiences. My first internship at Legacy Farmers’ Cooperative focused on different agronomy tasks: application of plant protection products, seed inventory, and creating variable-rate fertilizer prescriptions. My second internship was through INTL FCStone, a risk management group that trades different commodities: corn, soybeans, wheat, gold, silver, and cardboard. My last was with Archbold Equipment Company. I worked alongside managers and salesmen responsible for inventorying parts, fixing precision technology, and installing guidance systems on Case IH tractors, combines, and sprayers. From these internships, I learned what I really wanted in an ag career—one that may eventually return me home to my family farm. In addition to undergrad classroom education, I worked as a research assistant for the Precision Ag Department at OSU. I was exposed to some of the latest and greatest equipment the industry has to offer and was fortunate to assist with research projects—compaction trials, high-speed planting, tracks versus tires (on grain carts and planters), and multi-hybrid planting. A favorite project was designing an aerial view of “Brutus” in a cornfield for the 2016 Farm Science Review. Using two corn hybrids with different color tassels, we illustrated that two hybrids could be planted simultaneously and accurately enough to create a detailed image of the OSU mascot. With this research, we hope to plant hybrids based on soil type or productivity in areas with the highest return on investment. Thanks to ASM, every day I love what I do.
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