November 27, 2020

Colby Kraninger, seed/agronomy sales intern

Colby Kraninger is no stranger to MaxYield. While he was a seed/agronomy sales intern during the summer of 2018, he first started working with MaxYield for on-the-job training (OJT) in the grain department at the Fostoria location in the fall of 2014.

“It was a good experience, but I figured out I didn’t want to be a grain originator,” said Kraninger, 22, a senior at Iowa State University (ISU) majoring in agronomy.

During his second OJT, Kraninger worked at MaxYield’s Emmetsburg location and ran the dry fertilizer facility and the liquid fertilizer plant in Dickens. “I thought about being an applicator,” said Kraninger, who earned two associates degrees (one in ag sales and service, and one in ag operations and technology) from North Iowa Area Community College in December 2016.

Kraninger came back to MaxYield last summer to work at the chemical facility in Dickens and help with soil sampling. This summer, he decided to try something new. “I was a little intimidated by a sales internship but decided it would be a good experience.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I’ve been around farming my whole life. I grew up on an acreage by Okoboji. My brother, Dakota, who is in charge of seed treatments and MaxYield’s warehouse in Spencer, ran a baling operation with me all through high school. We baled small square bales, plus I worked for local farmers. I like the people in ag, and there’s always something new every day in farming.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield seed/agronomy sales internship?

A: Each experience I’ve had has helped me get one step close to the career I’d like to work in after college. I have my commercial driver’s license (CDL) and have delivered seed. I’ve also treated seed and helped my brother in the warehouse in Spencer. I’ve crop scouted, too. I like working with the MaxYield team, because I can ask questions and bounce ideas off them. I also like talking to the farmers who do business with MaxYield. I clock in at Milford, and there’s a lot of farmers in the coffee crowd there.

Q: How have you benefited by having Steve Schany and Tom Evans as your mentors at MaxYield?

A: I’m really comfortable with Steve, because he’s easy to talk to and easy to work with. Tom is a straightforward kind of guy who gives you a list of projects, and you get the work done. They don’t babysit you here and give you a lot of independence.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  I’ve figured out I wanted to be an agronomist. I’m coming back to MaxYield after graduating from ISU. I’ve worked with MaxYield long enough that I know a lot about the company. I’m comfortable with the people and the co-op system.

Editor’s note: Kraninger is the son of James and Lisa Kraninger. A 2014 graduate of Okoboji High School, Kraninger was active in his local FFA chapter, where he served as sentinel. He and his brother still run their custom baling operation. They also put in food plots for deer and upland game. A lifelong outdoorsman, Kraninger credits his father with teaching him how to fish. He enjoys fishing at Okoboji and the Webster Lake chain in east-central South Dakota. He spends his Christmas breaks ice fishing at Red Lake in northern Minnesota.

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