Intern Spotlight: Adrian Pishny

Jun 08, 2022

 Adrian Pishny
Meet Adrian Pishny! This summer he is an agronomy intern located in Hanover, KS. 

Where are you from?
Blue Rapids, Kansas originally, currently living in Manhattan.

Where did you go to college?
Kansas State University and I’m majoring in Agronomy – Consulting and Production

Why did you choose to be an intern with Farmers Cooperative?
I’ve interned here before. I like the people. I wanted to kind of see different stuff. It’s close to home since I have family in Blue Rapids, and I grew up around here.

What are some of your daily tasks?
I help load the tender trucks. I go for whatever they need. As far as running fertilizer tanks and stuff out to producers, I went to Odell the other day and got seed and ran it out to a producer. I also go to scout the fields and get a general idea of how bad those fields are or how clean they are. Mostly we’re looking for pigweed but if there is something else in the field that seems to be an issue, I kind of point it out. We had one that had a bunch of morning glory which is really random. Then, I just kind of help with whatever around the shop, whatever they need. I try to jump in with Andy and he’s pretty mechanically inclined so I can’t always keep up but I’m an extra set of hands. I usually know what he is trying to do, I just can’t do it as fast.

What is one thing you’ve learned recently that you didn’t think you would have?
So far, it’s been what I expected to see and learn. The professional development day was a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be. Jim did a very, very good job of entertaining and keeping us involved. And seeing how different people in a room are. If you put us all together, you’d think that we’re similar but when you start breaking down our personalities, it’s not even close. So that was something that I kind of thought was interesting. 

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?
Honestly, I like the guys that are here and getting to actually go through and do the tank mixes so I’m not just seeing the prescription being wrote and that’s it. I actually get to see the tank mixes. When I’m out scouting a field, I’ll stop by fields that have been sprayed previously and just kind of look and see how quickly and how well it works. That is also my project where I’m doing like an herbicide symptomology and efficacy demonstration kind of thing. So just kind of going out and actually seeing because at K-State they show it a lot in greenhouses. Because a greenhouse is such a controlled environment, it doesn’t do quite the same thing. It’s the same idea, it looks just a little bit different in a field setting.

Moving forward, what job/career path so you see yourself pursuing?
Maybe something working at a coop. Maybe being like a crop advisor for a scouting company or something like that. I haven’t really looked that far down the road, so I don’t know exactly what my long-term plans are.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?
I like to golf. I golf about once a week now with my buddies there in town. We are demoing and rebuilding my sister and her husband’s camper. So, tearing walls and insulation out of a camper is real nice.

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