November 24, 2020

Agronomy Operations Intern: Trent Taglauer

20160613_maxyield_257What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I have several different responsibilities as the Agronomy Operations Intern at the Algona location. I help mix fertilizer, assemble chemical orders, work with clients, work with my agronomist to identify problems and provide solutions and I also help maintain the shop so it is up to safety protocol.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you at MaxYield?

My mentor is Chuck Bormann and he is a great teacher and a great resource for me to have. Chuck is very dedicated to the intern program and wants to make sure that I have the best experience possible at MaxYield. I have learned a lot from him, especially in the chemical and fertilizer areas, as well as client care.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

Throughout the summer I have had the opportunity to meet many experienced farmers and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to talk with them. Being a young person interested in agriculture, these farmers have wisdom that is invaluable to me. It’s been a great experience getting to learn about farming practices in northern Iowa, because they are very different than where I’m from in southern Iowa.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After graduation I hope to get involved with agribusiness through agronomy. My Ag Business and Agronomy majors at Iowa State will help me with that, but my time at MaxYield will definitely give me a leg up. The knowledge I’m gaining about chemicals and learning how to create a solution based on a specific problem will help me in my agronomy career in the future.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

If someone were looking into an Agronomy Operations internship at MaxYield I would tell them to go in with the mind of a sponge. Try to absorb everything you can from all departments at MaxYield. You will get a lot out of your internship if you view every situation as an opportunity to learn something new. I would also advise them to be flexible, hardworking, good at working with people and to be passionate about agriculture.

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