November 30, 2020

Ryan Flagel Explores His Options

Ryan Flagel When Ryan Flagel’s Iowa State University (ISU) roommate, Jake Mullenix, told him about his 2012 grain operations internship at MaxYield Cooperative, Ryan wanted to learn more.

“Jake said he really liked the people here, and you get a lot of hours to work and learn,” said Flagel, from Maquoketa, who is a senior majoring in ag systems technology at ISU.  Flagel made a point to talk to the MaxYield team during the ag career fair at ISU and is glad he did. “I feel blessed to have this grain operations internship.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I grew up on an acreage near Maquoketa, and my grandpa has a small farm. After graduating from Maquoketa High School in 2010, I came to ISU undecided on a major. After taking some ag classes, I decided ag technology would be a good fit, because this area is always growing and evolving.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield grain operations internship?

A: I’m learning quite a bit every day. I help unload trucks, run the grain legs and conveyors, load trains, and grade the grain. I’m not limited to grain operations, either. I’ve been learning about agronomy and got to ride in a sprayer with one of MaxYield’s applicators. I’m also interested in SciMax Solutions and have had the chance to learn more about precision ag, including Ag Leader equipment.

Q: How have you benefited by having Pat White and Dave Hubka as your mentors at MaxYield?

A: If I need anything or have any questions, I can ask Pat and Dave. They also help lead me in the right direction when I want to learn about other areas of MaxYield, like agronomy or SciMax.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A: I graduate in May of 2014 and want to stay in agriculture. I could see myself working for MaxYield, if there’s a job opportunity available.


Interesting facts about Ryan:

• During the school year, Ryan works for a farmer near Nevada.

• In his free time, Ryan enjoys hunting, helping his dad on the farm, and riding his fourwheeler.

• Ryan is based in Belmond, and one thing he won’t forget is the tornado that hit the community on June 12. “It was exciting and scary all at the same time,” Ryan said.

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