I'm anticipating graduating Autumn 2023
My research project focuses on establishing management practices for winter hybrid rye grain production across multiple US states, including Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Farmers have gained interest in diversifying their farming operations due to niche markets and demand for locally-sourced food, and winter hybrid rye is a small grain that is very underutilized for grain production purposes. My objective is to determine the effects of different planting dates and seeding rates on winter hybrid rye grain yield and quality in these regions. Ultimately, establishing management practices for winter hybrid rye grain production where it is not widely grown will make it possible for farmers to increase crop diversity in their operations and decrease potential food security.
I met Dr. Laura Lindsey while working as an intern for an OSU eFields internship in the summer of 2021. After collecting crop field data with her for a day, I became extremely interested in Dr. Lindsey's focus on soybean and small grain crop management research at OSU. I mentioned I was applying to grad school programs for a master's, and Dr. Lindsey had an opening for a grad student starting in spring 2022. I was accepted for the HCS master's program at OSU, and Dr. Lindsey gave me the multi-state winter hybrid rye project for the basis of my master's research. I could not pass up the opportunity to further my education and gain research experience, so I chose OSU as the next step in my career path.