August 22, 2019

Archives for June 2018

Colby Kraninger: Seed & Agronomy Sales Intern

Seed and agronomy sales intern, Colby Kraninger, is new to the internship program, but he’s definitely not new to MaxYield. For Colby, MaxYield is like family. The senior in Agronomy at Iowa State University has been part of the MaxYield team for a few years. Starting in 2014, Colby has helped at the Fostoria grain dump, Emmetsburg’s dry fertilizer facility, and at the Dickens liquid facility, before becoming an intern this summer. Colby says the opportunity to work in these diverse and busy environments have helped him to gain a wide skill set and a greater understanding of the co-op system. Colby grew up on a farm in the Okoboji area. Away from MaxYield, Colby enjoys restoring tractors, ice fishing in Minnesota, and helping with wheat harvest in Indiana each July.

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

This internship allows me to work directly with MaxYield clients, which is my favorite part. I really enjoy the face-to-face interactions that I haven’t had through my previous jobs at MaxYield. Through working with clients, I also get to learn about the different agronomic technologies that MaxYield utilizes.

What kinds of qualities does someone in your position need to have?

Someone in the seed and agronomy sales internship needs to have good communication skills because you are working with clients so much. You also need to be able to work with others and maintain a positive attitude while doing so.

What about MaxYield makes you want to keep coming back?

I feel comfortable here. I think I could go to any of MaxYield’s locations and feel like it was my base location. MaxYield has provided me with several opportunities for advancement in my career and I have had some great mentors that have spent a lot of time with me to help me learn.

Meet MaxYield’s Newest Agronomy Specialist Trainee, Drew Planteen

Agronomy Specialist Trainee, Drew Planteen, has already been exposed to unique learning experiences since he started his position at MaxYield in May 2018. The South Dakota State University graduate from Langford, SD, says that although this spring has been challenging, it’s been very educational for him in learning about wet conditions and other struggles that come with too much rain. Drew’s favorite part about coming to work every day is connecting with MaxYield clients, not only about their farming operations, but on a personal level as well. Away from work, Drew enjoys spending time with friends and family, hunting and fishing, and playing and watching sports.

What do you look forward to in your position at MaxYield?

I look forward to growing as an agronomy specialist while working towards my career goals and always seeking improvement. I will get to attend various learning days throughout my time as a trainee which I believe will provide me with really great experiences. I enjoy getting to step away from the normal day-to-day tasks and learn through outside knowledge.

Describe a typical day in your positon.

My responsibilities vary from day-to-day, which is the reason I chose this career path. Since I started my position in May 2018, I have been delivering seed, scouting fields, and putting together crop protection product orders. I have also done some soil and tissue sampling.

What are your future career goals?

My biggest career goal is to constantly work towards being a great team member and be an asset to MaxYield clients.

What motivates you about working at MaxYield?

I am motivated by working with my mentor, Justin Zwiefel, because he is always there to help me by answering questions and finding solutions. He also pushes me to set high goals so I can work towards being a great team member.

Hancock County reschedules Northern SportMod Nationals to July 10

BRITT, Iowa (June 19) – Chalk up a “W” for Mother Nature tonight in Britt.

Due to rain, already wet track conditions and a less than stellar forecast, Hancock County Speed­way’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Nationals have been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 10.

The MaxYield Seed-sponsored special pays $2,500 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

The evening’s IMCA Modified feature pays $1,000 to win and is both a Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot and Wehr’s Dash at the Harris Clash qualifier. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $600 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State, but no track points will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Specta­tor admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students, seniors and veterans. Kids 12 and un­der get in free. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website. Other event spon­sors are Croplan by Winfield and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

The Northern SportMod Nationals will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.

Katie Decker: Communications/Client Relations Intern

My name is Katie Decker, and I’m the face behind the “From the Field” blog this summer! I’m from Rockwell City, IA, and am the communications/client relations intern at MaxYield. I will be a sophomore at Iowa State University in the fall, majoring in Agricultural Communications. I’m excited for a jam-packed summer filled with tasks that encourage me to learn by doing, and experiences that prompt intriguing questions.

Last fall, I entered the Iowa State University Ag & Life Sciences career fair with the determination of finding an internship that would challenge me, build my writing and design skills, and open my eyes to various sectors of agriculture. The communications/client relations internship at MaxYield, with Chad Meyer as my mentor, has proven to be a great match for my goals. In just the few weeks I’ve been here, I’ve already been involved in a variety of projects. A few of these include coordinating the annual tractor calendar, planning aspects of the My Solutions magazine, conducting interviews with interns and trainees, and learning about the variety of things that go on at MaxYield’s locations across northern Iowa.

My mentor, Chad Meyer, has done a fantastic job including me in a variety of projects. He does his best to personalize the internship to best fit my goals and interests. In the next few weeks, I am especially looking forward to working with free-lance photographer, Greg Latza, while he photographs for the next issue of the My Solutions magazine.

I look forward to the remainder of my summer at MaxYield!