December 13, 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.

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