October 21, 2019

MaxYield Algona – No Grain Aug. 7-9

MaxYield’s Algona location will be unable to accept grain Wednesday, August 7 through Friday, August 9 for electrical repairs at the grain elevator. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

Paving His Own Way: Alex Londerville’s Story

If you’d asked Alex Londerville, our newest grain origination trainee, four years ago what he’d be doing after college, the agriculture industry would not have been a topic of conversation. Originally from Swisher, Iowa, Alex spent two years at the University of Iowa’s business college before transferring into ag business at Iowa State University. “I knew I had a love for business and that’s what took me to [the University of] Iowa first. I realized through helping some of my buddies out on their farms that I really had a passion for agriculture, so I decided to combine the two and transferred to Iowa State for an ag business degree.”

Iowa State was also what brought him to MaxYield Cooperative. “I found the [grain origination trainee] position on CyHire (Iowa State’s job board). I was looking for full time openings in grain origination or merchandising, and this was one of the positions I applied for. I really enjoyed meeting everyone [from MaxYield], and [the way I was treated] in the interview was what really sealed the deal.”

A common theme among interns and new hires is their love for MaxYield’s clients and getting the chance to work with them. Alex is no different. “The best part of this position is dealing with clients on a daily basis- whether it’s over the phone or if they stop at the location, or if I go out in the country by myself for the day, it’s nice to just talk to them and get to know them. That’s what I like most about it.”


Mick Hoover, risk management team leader, serves as Alex’s mentor. Mick’s mentorship is something Alex considers an asset when beginning his career at MaxYield. “I’ve benefitted from having Mick as a mentor just by seeing his love and his passion for grain origination. By talking to him I know how much he loves those things, even if he doesn’t do it on a daily basis anymore. Just seeing his drive gives me drive, too, and a desire to be successful at it.”

‘Fantastic’ rolled off the tongue as a way to encompass his experience at MaxYield so far. “I really like what I do. I’ve only been doing it for a couple of months now but I really enjoy the company and my job, and I’m excited about the future… Once I [build my] skills in grain origination and grow my relationship with clients, I look forward to growing within MaxYield; taking on more responsibilities, becoming more of an asset to the company and to our clients, and to being successful.”

The team members at MaxYield want to see Alex become successful, too, by sharing their knowledge and support, which is one reason he would recommend working at the cooperative to anyone with an interest. “Without a doubt go for it… The wealth of knowledge and the guidance that you get working here is second to none. Just go in with open arms, open eyes, and open ears and embrace it.”

Interning at MaxYield Through the Eyes of Megan Brown

By Megan Brown

It was late October when I came to MaxYield Cooperative’s Corporate Office for an interview to be this year’s Grain Accounting and Finance intern. Shortly after that interview, I was offered the job which I accepted. I was beyond excited to be coming back home to work for a great company.

Fast forward to May 20th, which was my first day at MaxYield. My first two days here were used to inform us about safety and the company’s history and policies. I was surprised by my first two days here at MaxYield because I could already tell that everyone here was very welcoming, and that they all truly loved their jobs and wanted the interns to succeed.

On the third day, after we had finished all of our onboarding and safety training, it was time to get settled in at my desk and get to work. One of the first things Rick Abrahamson, one of my mentors, showed me was how to update and cancelled Price Later Contracts and Warehouse Receipts. This is something that I now do every morning to make sure that we stay compliant with state regulations. After that I learned how to enter outbound grain settlements into the computer system. I really enjoy entering these settlements, which is good because I usually do about 2 or 3 a day! I have also had the opportunity to work on various projects with different team members, as well as travel to some of the MaxYield locations.

One of the larger projects that I have had the opportunity to work on would be Connection Central, our online client account system. During this project I have had the privilege to work with Kayla Meyer, as well as meet with several MaxYield clients and talk to them about Connection Central. I have found this project to be very rewarding because I am able to see the change that Connection Central is making in the clients’ lives, and how it is making it easier for them to do their business.

Traveling to different MaxYield locations is another great opportunity I have had within my internship so far. I have had the chance to visit 4 different locations and learn from the leaders at those locations about what they do and what their location has to offer. This has been one of my favorite parts of my internship! I have found it very interesting to see all of the difference between the locations and have also learned a lot of different skills from the great people I have met.

It is crazy to think that I’m am nearly done with my internship here at MaxYield. Time has flown by and I am super excited to finish out the last few days of my internship and continuing to learn from the great team members here at MaxYield.

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

Standard Nutrition & MaxYield Announce Joint Venture

MaxYield is excited to announce that we have formed a joint venture with Standard Nutrition at their feed mill in Waverly, IA, which is the former Schneider Milling location. The following letter was sent recently to clients of the Waverly feed mill. More details will be forthcoming in the near future. Do not hesitate to contact Ben Buie or Mick Hoover at MaxYield at 515-200-5115 with questions.

Standard Nutrition at Waverly, IA and MaxYield Cooperative Announce
Grain Purchasing Joint Venture

August 1, 2019

Dear Valued Standard Nutrition Grain Client:

We are excited to announce that MaxYield Cooperative and Standard Nutrition have entered into a grain purchasing and risk management joint venture. Effective August 1, 2019, MaxYield Cooperative will be handling the grain purchasing, grain accounting and risk management at Standard Nutrition’s feed mill, the former Schneider Milling location east of Waverly, IA (3601 E. Bremer Ave).

Since 1995, MaxYield has provided grain procurement and risk management services to feed mills and grain end-users in the Midwest, including Kerber Milling/Standard Nutrition in Emmetsburg, IA and the Hawkeye Pride poultry feed mill near Corwith, IA.

Headquartered in West Bend, Iowa, MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned, diversified cooperative founded in 1915. We have 24 locations and 3 Cenex convenience stores that serve members and clients in Iowa and southern Minnesota. We invite you to learn more about our cooperative at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com. Cash grain bids for the Waverly feed mill are posted to www.maxyieldgrain.com/corn-bids.

We look forward to providing your grain marketing solutions in Waverly, including cash grain marketing options, firm offer programs, off-farm trucking solutions and innovative grain contracts and risk management strategies.

It is also important to note that ALL existing grain contracts and financial terms at Standard Nutrition in Waverly will be honored by MaxYield Cooperative after August 1.

Thank you for your past grain business with the Waverly feed mill. We are excited to get to know you and provide solutions that benefit your farming operation.

More information about this transition and the solutions we offer will be provided soon. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact Ben Buie, grain team leader at 515-200-5115, bbuie@maxyieldgrain.com or Mick Hoover, risk management team leader at 515-200-5115, mhoover@maxyieldgrain.com for more information about MaxYield, our bids, grain contracts and risk management programs.

Sincerely,

Ben Buie
Grain Team Leader

Tricia Reichert : Getting something ‘extra’ out of her summer with an externship experience

When you think of summer team members at MaxYield Cooperative, college interns may be the first thing that comes to mind, but employment learning experiences aren’t just for students. Tricia Reichert, a science teacher at Emmetsburg High School, is finding her own way to learn in the summer and is participating in the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program. According to the Governor’s Stem Advisory Council, the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program features “full-time, six-week temporary summer positions in local businesses and agencies for secondary teachers of mathematics, science and/or technology… During the summer, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher Externships provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers they may have in the future, and improve educational experiences.” Tricia selected MaxYield Cooperative as her workplace, serving as the company’s first extern.

As a part of her extern experience, Tricia has written a blog each week about what she is doing, seeing, and learning at MaxYield. Here are excerpts from each of her blogs:

Week 1: “My biggest takeaway of the week has been that education and “the real” workplace share many commonalities. Whereas I am looking for student engagement and academic growth in the classroom, MaxYield is currently very focused on Agronomy interns who are willing to learn to be productive members of the MaxYield team who then ultimately remain with the company. As a classroom teacher, I have seen a shift in the work ethic of my students and it seems this is a trend has also been felt in the work place as well. One of my main tasks this summer is to brainstorm how MaxYield can better recruit and retain the young interns. How can I as a classroom teacher better prepare students of today to be well-qualified MaxYield team members of tomorrow?”

Week 2: “My second week at MaxYield Cooperative has certainly continued to offer a variety of experiences each day. I spent time in the Britt area with team member, Rodney Legleiter who is a SciMax Solutions Specialist. He showed me the process of soil and tissue sampling and mailing them to their respective labs for analysis. I was amazed at his ability to juggle a visiting extern, agronomy interns, changing weather and field conditions, sampling routes, and unexpected client visits and phone calls. The vast number of variables that he must take into account was almost overwhelming. It was clear by the way Rodney paused everything to respond with 110% focus on the client’s questions and requests that he epitomizes the MaxYield philosophy of “solutions provider.” He also shared with me some challenges he has had with this year’s young agronomy interns. It seems some are having a hard time reporting to work on time, completing duties as assigned in an efficient manner and even complaining to their supervisor. This led to a meeting where we examined the strengths of the current MaxYield Cooperative Internship Program and brainstormed about how to improve it in light of the evolving intern work ethic. I very much appreciated being asked to participate in this process and felt I contributed to the discussion.”

Week 3: “Weed 3 brought the realities of the need for ongoing education. I attended… meetings this week that exemplified MaxYield’s commitment to ongoing employee education. The need for continued learning very much stood out to me this week. So many of our students believe that once they graduate from school they will never need to learn anything. We must realign their thinking!.. The first one was presented by Patti Guenther, Learning & Development Leader, on the topic of “Crucial Conversations: Pairing Impact with Intention.” At her request, I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago of working with Patti on this presentation. She was not trained as a teacher, but often presents in her role here at MaxYield Cooperative and was receptive to feedback. It was fun to share some teaching strategies with her and then to see that she actually incorporated them into her presentation! During this two-hour training session, the Team Leaders were taught how to more effectively communicate with their employees.”

Week 4: “A few events really struck me this week. The first one is the “all hands on deck” experience as this Emmetsburg MaxYield Cooperative Location prepares to host a Client Appreciation BBQ. It has been a fun team-building experience to see everyone pitching in and doing things that are not their normal “duties as assigned”. I volunteered to mow the location’s green spaces and it was a long, hot, sticky, FUN day. It was good to see the results of my hard work at the end of the day. We don’t always get that satisfaction as teachers. Another take away was the realization of how important phone apps are in the workplace. To date I’ve seen multiple task specific phone apps being used in agronomy. There is a tremendous opportunity for more apps to be developed for use in the workplace as well. We as teachers need to stop taking smart phones away from students and instead give them meaningful tasks to use them in the classroom.”

Week 5: “As a teacher, I can come up with numerous ways I would like to see business get involved in the classroom, but there are obstacles. When I have several sections of Biology, for example it is very difficult to ask a guest speaker to give up an entire day to speak to all of the classes spread throughout the day. When class periods are only 42 minutes, it becomes a logistical nightmare to take the students on a meaningful field trip even if it is nearby. I think the use of Project Based Learning activities that have authentic real world connections will be the best solution. Chris Warren and Shelby Wagner both of MaxYield Cooperative have helped to provide me with actual field soil maps and other resources I have used to create my Project Based Learning activity for the classroom. Perhaps we could use skype or some other technology for a quick and easy “virtual field trip” to the farmer’s field.”

Through her experience, Tricia has provided us with plentiful, useful feedback on how to better connect MaxYield to the classroom. We appreciate all of Tricia’s hard work and insights throughout her time with us and thank her for a great summer!

MaxYield Cooperative interns begin to wrap up their summer with final presentations

From left to right: (Front) Megan Brown, Emily Campbell, (Back) CEO Keith Heim, Logan Besch, Hunter Gelhaus, Nick Hunt.

On Thursday, July 27th the 2019 MaxYield Cooperative intern class gave their final presentations to the senior leadership team. Each intern gave a 10-15 minute spoken presentation sharing information about the projects they worked on, what they learned, and what suggestions they have for making next year’s internships even better. Following each presentations interns were also asked questions about themselves and their experience at MaxYield. The interns shared positive feedback with the senior team, and enjoying the people they work with was a common theme throughout. MaxYield’s first extern, Tricia Reichert, also gave her final presentation at the meeting. Watch for a separate blog post highlighting her experience soon!

As our interns wrap up their last few weeks with us, MaxYield Cooperative would like to each of them for a great summer. We have learned a great deal through working with them, and we look forward to seeing where their futures take them!

 

2019 MaxYield Cooperative Interns

Logan Besch – Soil Sampling/Crop Scouting

Megan Brown – Corporate Grain Accounting/Finance

Emily Campbell – Client Relations/Communications

Hunter Gelhaus – Seed/Agronomy Sales

Nick Hunt – Soil Sampling/Crop Scouting

 

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

“This is my dream job.” | Colby Kraninger’s Agronomy Specialist Trainee Story

Having a job and having a career you love are two very different things- Colby Kraninger, an agronomy specialist trainee at MaxYield Cooperative, prefers the latter. That’s why, after working for MaxYield Cooperative part-time and as an intern, he returned for a full-time opportunity in the agronomy department. A 2014 Okoboji High School and 2019 Iowa State University graduate, the Milford-native built his post-secondary plans around the goal of working for MaxYield Cooperative. “[While at North Iowa Area Community College] I worked in grain operations [for MaxYield Cooperative in Fostoria]- I wanted to be a grain originator at the time. I eventually realized I didn’t want to pursue a career in [grain]. When I graduated from NIACC, I realized I wanted to become an agronomist after working for MaxYield so I decided to continue my education at Iowa State.” In addition to working at the Fostoria location, he has worked in the dry fertilizer facility at Emmetsburg, agronomy operations in Dickens, soil sampling and crop scouting with SciMax, and most recently as an agronomy sales intern in the summer of 2018.

Coming off his time at NIACC and MaxYield, the agronomy major at Iowa State just felt like the right fit to Colby. “I like talking to people, and I feel like growers can trust me. Since I never had the opportunity to farm myself, I want to contribute to the industry by helping others improve their operations. I’ve just dreamed of being around agriculture my entire life.”

Since starting in his new trainee role, Colby has taken on a variety of responsibilities, from delivering seed to making crop protection recommendations and everything in between. His favorite part of his position, however, is the client interaction. “It’s the number one part of my job- I enjoy being able to use what I learned at Iowa State to help people.”

To help facilitate the transition from college to the full-time workforce, all trainees at MaxYield Cooperative are given a mentor to provide guidance and knowledge. Colby has two. “My mentors are Justin Zwiefel (Agronomy Specialist, Mallard) and Tom Evans (Agronomy Specialist, Superior). If it wasn’t for them I would be directionless in terms of my career. They help keep me on track and show me how to use our agronomy software, how to provide a good [crop protection and nutrient] recommendation, and other important skills.”

Other team members have also helped make Colby’s time at MaxYield great. He especially enjoys his co-workers at the Mallard Location. “The people I work with are really nice- there were two weeks in a row where we just took turns buying each other lunch. We joke around and like to have a good time, and everyone treats each other very well.”

It’s a pretty incredible feeling to wake up and be excited for what lies ahead. For Colby, that happens every day. “This career is pretty exciting. Everyday there’s something to look forward to. In the future, I hope to provide trust to [my] future clients and be equipped to provide them with solutions. Service is key.”

There’s a lot of agronomy sales opportunities out there for new college graduates, but Colby can recommend the MaxYield agronomy specialist trainee role with confidence. “If someone was looking for an agronomy position at MaxYield, I would highly recommend [the agronomy specialist trainee role]. The mentor program is great, and there’s a lot of opportunity to learn and pick up on things while you are starting you’re career which is really comforting. Your questions are always answered by team members in a polite way, and if you have a client question you can’t answer, there’s plenty of resources within the company that are only a phone call away.”

Can you see yourself doing what Colby does? We are hiring an additional Agronomy Specialist Trainee! Seeking a December 2019 graduate from a 2-year or 4-year school with a degree in agronomy, ag business, ag studies, or a related area. For more information or to apply click here or contact Chad Meyer at cmeyer@maxyieldcooperative.com. *Iowa State students: Find us on CyHire!*

The Right Fit: How Logan Besch Found His Place in a MaxYield Internship

The agriculture industry is full of things to learn and Logan Besch, a soil sampling and crop scouting intern from Whittemore, Iowa, wants it that way. A desire to learn is what brought the 2016 Bishop-Garrigan High School graduate to the Agricultural Education and Studies Department at Iowa State University. “I picked the [agricultural] studies [major] because the major I had at Hawkeye Community College was designed to lead up to it. Plus, I love how broad [ag studies] is and I can pick and choose what I want to get out of it.”

Logan grew up around the MaxYield brand, so it wasn’t a surprise when a high school friend had an internship at the cooperative. That connection is how Logan initially heard about the program. “He had [the soil sampling/crop scouting] internship and he loved it… I had an offer from [another area] cooperative, but MaxYield seemed like a better fit and a better opportunity.”


Helping clients by completing soil sampling, crop scouting, tissue testing, and more is all in a day’s work for Logan. Time spent with his mentors, Tim Bruns (agronomy specialist, West Bend) and Mike Hommez (seed solutions specialist, Central Region), is what he most looks forward to. “When I ride around with Tim, I learn so much from him. It seems like he is an expert on everything! Having mentors is great because of the knowledge you can gain.”

Working long hours and big weeks isn’t always easy work, and Logan sums up his summer experience with the word ‘Endurance’. “It’s like a quote I remember from the Bible: ‘friction produces endurance, endurances produces character, and character produces hope’. I hope [what I’ve learned in] this internship helps me to get a nice job after graduation.”

This internship has helped Logan to narrow down exactly what kind of career he’s striving for. With aspirations of staying in North Central Iowa and being an agronomist at a cooperative, his MaxYield experience has helped him prepare for that type of opportunity and is an experience he recommends to others with similar goals. “[Working at MaxYield Cooperative] is a good experience and you learn so much.”

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

How a Pivot in his Career Helped Nick Hunt find his Passion for Agriculture

It’s funny where life can take you. For instance, Nick Hunt, a soil sampling & crop scouting intern, never planned on completing an internship with a cooperative. In fact, he never planned on pursuing agriculture at all. Hailing from Britt, Iowa, the 2017 West Hancock High School graduate originally planned on exploring a career in engineering, but it just wasn’t the right fit. “I went to Central College in Pella my freshman year for engineering and I didn’t really like that. [After that,] I went to community college [at North Iowa Area Community College]… I took a couple of different ag classes there. I took a soils class and I actually found it interesting so I then I decided to go into agronomy. Now I’m at Iowa State University, majoring in agronomy.”

The agriculture industry is bountiful with opportunities, and Nick found that out the easy way. “As soon as I switched to [major in] agronomy, the people I go to church with and others in the community found out; Britt’s a pretty small town, and when you grow up there everybody knows everybody. They told me that if I wanted to get into agronomy that I should talk to SciMax and MaxYield because they know what they’re doing. I got Rodney [Legleiter]’s number, I called him, and we set up a meeting.”

While at North Iowa Area Community College, Nick worked part time for MaxYield Cooperative. The choice to return to MaxYield for his first summer internship experience was an easy one. “I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do [with my career] yet. One day while Rodney and I were boxing [soil] samples I asked him if MaxYield had any internships. He let me know the deadline was coming up, so I put in my resume and decided to come back for another experience at MaxYield.”


After a pivot in his career, Nick realizes there is a lot he can learn from others in the industry. That’s why spending time with his mentors, Cody Ostendorf (Seed Solutions Specialist, Belmond) and Levi Quayle (Agronomy Specialist, Belmond), is so important to him. “I’ve learned a lot more from talking with them or asking questions as we drive by fields. They’ve told me ‘The stuff you learn here you’re not going to hear about in school. It’s just stuff you have to learn on the job.’ It’s been nice to pick up some of that knowledge.”

“Helpful” is the word that comes to mind when Nick reflects on his MaxYield experience. “I’m new to the area of study [of agriculture], so I’ve learned a lot in the short time I’ve been here this summer. It’s helped me to have an idea of what it would be like if I was an agronomist for a seed company or cooperative [in the future]. The most surprising thing about this internship has definitely been how important it is to [MaxYield] that [interns] have a great learning experience.”

Though it took a few tries, Nick feels like agriculture is the right fit for his future, whether he becomes an agronomist at a seed company or cooperative, or starts farming with his family in southern Iowa after graduation. Wherever he goes, he credits MaxYield Cooperative for helping him get there, suggesting this internship to other students looking to learn more about agronomy. “Everyone [at MaxYield] is helpful- they don’t treat you like an intern, they treat you like [a full-time team member]. It’s a learning experience, not just busy work.”

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

The First Half of a MaxYield Internship through the Eyes of the Communications/Client Relations Intern

It was the evening of the day after Iowa State’s career fair when I sent an email off to Chad Meyer accepting his offer for this internship. After I got off the phone with my mom and dad, excitedly sharing the news with them, I thought for a moment, “I sure hope I’m not bored.”

Looking back, I have no idea what I was thinking. With a MaxYield Cooperative internship, you don’t have time to be bored! Each day at the corporate office in West Bend, Iowa has been a unique, challenging, and enriching opportunity, and I have learned so much in my experience here. Now, I know what you might be thinking: “How you can you have a great summer internship in small town Northwest Iowa?” In fact, I thought the same thing. But hang tight, folks, as we journey through a review of the first few weeks as an intern at MaxYield Cooperative!

When I first arrived on May 20th for company onboarding, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did not know any of the other interns and I had never been a part of a first-day training at a job. In prior roles, I had just sort of shown up and gotten started, so the idea of taking a day or two to get acclimated to the company was new to me. We began with safety training led by Tom Winkel, MaxYield’s Safety Director. I am sure right now you are imagining a boring slideshow with a monotone presentation, but to my surprise, it was actually fairly enjoyable! Tom made a point of making the training fun, where appropriate, and also took it as an opportunity to get to know us a little bit better. Later, Chad Meyer, my mentor and Communications/Client Relations Director, and Diane Streit, Human Resources Director, joined us for lunch and an overview of basic company policies and procedures. Our onboarding continued into a second day when Patti Guenther, the Learning and Development Leader, introduced us to MaxYield’s history and values. Patti is very passionate about helping team members succeed, including interns, so this was a great opportunity to set our individual goals for the summer and gear up for what was ahead!

Once onboarding was complete, Chad helped me hit the ground running on a number of projects. In addition to helping you grow your skillset in your area of study, MaxYield is also committed to giving interns a variety of professional development opportunities. To cap off my first week, I traveled to Paulsen, the marketing and advertising agency in Sioux Falls that designs and publishes our My Solutions magazine. Getting to meet and network with their team was an enriching experience, and learning more about the work they do there was a great way to wrap up the first week of my MaxYield experience. I even got to meet the guy who has animated the bugs in the Raid bug killer commercials!

belmond fire departmentBy the second week, I had jumped right into my duties as Communications and Client Relations Intern. I traveled to Belmond, Britt, and Clarion to make donations to fire departments and 4-H programs on behalf of MaxYield Cooperative. I also journeyed across Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota to interview the owners of the tractors that will be featured in the 2020 edition of our annual tractor calendar, another project I am responsible for. Learning about the tractors and hearing their stories has been one of my favorite parts of the internship!

It was during this time that I also began work on my two large, ongoing projects for the summer: evaluating our marketing strategies and evaluating our recruitment tactics. I started by interviewing senior team leaders at MaxYield to get more insight on the cooperative’s marketing efforts and by chatting with college professors, career services experts, and student organization leaders to learn more about how other companies are recruiting students.

During the second week of June our freelance photographer, Greg Latza, came to the MaxYield trade area. The photos he took at that shoot will not only accompany stories in future issues of My Solutions, but will also be featured in social media posts and this blog. Getting to know Greg was a lot of fun and it was amazing to just sit back and watch him work! It was also during this week that Chad and I traveled to Emmetsburg for the Farm News Ag Show. Although I’ve been to numerous farm shows in my life, this was my first time prepping for such an event. Another highlight was getting to visit the radio station in Algona and learn about how radio advertisements are made.

If for some reason you are still worried I was bored, fear not, because the last week of June was completely packed with events! Each year, MaxYield Cooperative co-hosts the MaxYield Seed IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt as a seed client appreciation event for the east area. Being a HUGE race fan, I had been looking forward to this night since I accepted the internship. My duties mainly took place leading up to the event, promoting it on social media and working to get all the details with the east area leaders ironed out. I had a blast getting to know the MaxYield clients and DeKalb, Asgrow, and Winfield representatives that attended the event. One of the most ‘exciting’ things I got to do during the night was throw out the hats, t-shirts, and other freebies into the stands! I thought my ‘stuff throwing skills’ were good enough to make me the next member of the Harlem Globetrotters, although the people in the stands may beg to differ…

This week also brought our freelance writer, Darcy Maulsby, to MaxYield country. She interviewed MaxYield team members, board members, and clients to help her prepare compelling stories for the next issue of My Solutions. Getting to hang out with Darcy has been a high point in this internship for sure. Being a writer and blogger myself, I was in heaven by talking writer-talk with Darcy and learning from her over lunches during this week. Getting to see how she conducted interviews was also a great experience for me, and will help me as I continue to complete intern and tractor calendar interviews. She has even written books that I’ve seen in Barnes & Noble- you can’t tell me that’s not cool.

The summer has quickly marched on since then, and it seems we are already halfway through the internship! It’s hard to believe that I am on the downhill slope of my time at MaxYield, and I know our grain accounting, agronomy sales, and soil sampling/crop scouting interns have also had outstanding experiences. For me, I have a feeling the second half of this internship is going to be even better than the first. Check back near the end of the summer to hear about the rest of my experience!

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!