November 21, 2019

Agronomy Sales Intern: Shelby Wagner

20160614_maxyield_378What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am the Seed and Agronomy Sales intern at MaxYield Cooperative. This entails installing WinField’s R7 tool in hundreds of fields and meeting with agronomy specialists to analyze data from the tool. I also do some crop scouting and meeting directly with farmers.

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

My mentor is Dan Stokes and he is great to work with. He is a seasoned agronomist and always helps me learn whenever I have questions. Dan is just as excited to work with me as I am to learn from him, which has made for a great summer so far.

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

My favorite part of my internship so far has been meeting and visiting with growers.  It’s interesting to learn from farmers and talk with them about how they make decisions and why they choose to use certain practices over others. One thing I’ve realized this summer is that it is important to understand a farmer’s operation so that, as an agronomist, I can find the best solutions to maximize their yields. I have also learned that every farm is unique and one solution will not work for every farmer.

What are your career goals after graduation?

My career goal after graduation is to be an agronomy specialist at a cooperative.  I’ve had a great experience at MaxYield and my time here has helped me to confirm that the cooperative life is for me.  I enjoy the cooperative atmosphere and like that it is run by farmers, owned by farmers and benefits the farmers.  Everyone is working towards a common goal and there is a sense of family.

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

MaxYield has an impressive internship program and they present you with a lot of opportunities to grow yourself and your knowledge of agriculture.  Agronomy sales is challenging, so obtaining an internship where that is your main focus is a great way to get your feet wet and start practicing cold calls and developing sales skills.

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