February 25, 2021

Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling Intern: Ryan Anderson

20160614_maxyield_442What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am one of MaxYield’s Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling Interns, so much of my time is spent in the field. I spent the first month and a half doing soil sampling with SciMax and learning about the importance of data management. After all the sampling work was completed I started helping with seed signs, chemical pick-up, and crop scouting.  I am looking forward to advancing my agronomy knowledge throughout the remainder of the summer.

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

My mentor is Cody Ostendorf and he has been great to work with. Cody was a MaxYield intern not too long ago himself, so he is easy to relate to. He is good at what he does and when I have a question he goes in-depth to explain the answer and makes sure that I understand everything I need to. Cody is a great resource to have and I have enjoyed working with him this summer.

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

I have enjoyed crop scouting with Cody this summer. When I am with Cody he teaches me the whole process from weed identification, to determining how the weed is affecting the crop, to finding a solution to the problem.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After I graduate from Iowa State I hope to return to my family’s farm. In addition to farming, I would also like to sell seed or be an agronomist at a co-op. What I like about my internship with MaxYield is that I am gaining knowledge in a wide variety of areas that will help me in my future career. It will be important for me to know how to identify weeds and to be able to recognize the importance of data management as I continue to grow my agriculture career.

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

I would tell a future Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling intern to take advantage of all the learning opportunities at MaxYield. You can never have too much knowledge about agriculture and everyone at MaxYield is very good at what they do. Learn from the MaxYield team members by asking questions and getting involved, because hands-on learning is a whole different experience than learning in the classroom.

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