Rebecca Wokibula

   While interning with CSRL she made several farm visits to large scale crop farms, small scale organic fruit and vegetable growers, large scale livestock operations, farmers cooperative, research and demonstration farm and farmer market resources.

   She completed her Agronomy 594 class, wrote my creative component proposal. She attended several lectures on soil environment and quality by Dr. Lee Burras, Thursday agronomy seminars, the Monday horticulture seminars on cover crops by Dr. Delate, and International Association of Agriculture Students (IAAS) meetings about student learning experiences on and off campus. She participated in the globe 110 class by Dr. Nonnecke through sharing my experiences of living and working in developing country in relation to a developed country.


Rebecca Wokibula speaking with the combine drivers after her first experience with a combine.


   She participated in graduate student’s projects, where she assisted in separating and labeling plant tissue samples prior to laboratory analysis; collecting data, separating samples for laboratory analysis and harvesting of apples; measuring of liquid reagents to be used in testing the level of energy and oxygen in mitochondria of maize and collecting soil samples for laboratory analysis.

   She attended the world food prize conference ‘The Next Generation”. She also attended poster presentations on Service Learning Student projects in Uganda by the former service learning student participants; Green Amaranth Institute and a creative component defense (Desiccation of corn) by an MS Agronomy Student.

   She visited and spent four days with her benefactors in Arizona where they went mountain hiking, toured the desert museum and met with other family members.

Martha Ibore

   She worked in the seed laboratory. This is the laboratory where all the “dirty” work in sorghum breeding is done. In the seed laboratory, she basically counted seeds using the seed counter and entered the results in an excel sheet. She was able to count the 2010 sorghum hybrid seeds which were 121 in total, the 2009 cold tolerance seeds that were planted in the green house (69 in total), and the 2009 hybrid seeds (65 hybrids in total). She also utilized the computer in the seed laboratory to use the electronic library and work on weekly reports. Besides the seed laboratory, she also visited Dr. Paul Scott’s wet lab where they work with maize Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and she was told how Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is done practically by the laboratory technician.

Martha Ibore harvetsing sorghum in the field.

   She also worked at the agronomy farm. This is the farm where the department of agronomy conducts all its research work. Sorghum and corn breeders also had their experiments at this farm.  She harvested double haploid corn from the agronomy research farm together with the corn breeders. This was her first experience in an experimental field in Iowa. She also harvested sorghum with Dr. Maria from her field experiment. In total, there were 372 varieties harvested and we took only two panicles of the grain per plot.

   She also read some literature on sorghum improvement by integrating traditional and new technology to produce new genotypes was given to her by Dr. Maria at the start of the internship.