November 15, 2019

It’s all about Knowledge: How Hunter Gelhaus is using his MaxYield Internship to prepare for his career

Hunter Gelhaus, MaxYield Cooperative’s Agronomy/Seed Sales Intern, will tell you that the agriculture industry is ‘where it’s at’. In fact, there was no doubt in the Lakota, Iowa-native and 2016 North Iowa High School graduate’s mind that ag was something he wanted to pursue. When he arrived at Iowa State University, Hunter knew that the agricultural business major, with an agronomy minor, was the right fit for him. “I’ve always grown up on the farm and I really just wanted to see more of the business side of it.”

When the time came to find a summer internship, Hunter relied on the positive feedback he’d heard from past interns at MaxYield. “My brother-in-law was also a sales intern for MaxYield when he was in college. He spoke very highly of his experience here. I decided to intern [at MaxYield] because of the people within the company- they’re used to having interns and they have a very good reputation in the industry.”

Once Hunter arrived, he fit right into place with the seed and agronomy team. On any given day, he is working with seed, crop protection and nutrition, scouting, research, or working at the learning plot, and while enjoys them all, his favorite is working with growers. “The very best part of my internship is getting to work with clients and helping them find solutions [for their farming operations].”

Another favorite part of his internship? Spending time with his mentor Matt Keel, the Seed Solutions Specialist based out of Britt. “I always like hanging out with Matt and learning from him. He’s taught me a lot about agronomy and things [in sales] I’ve never thought about. I’ve really benefitted from working with him.”

The learning gained this summer has been the most impactful thing Hunter is taking away from his time at MaxYield, summing up his experience as “knowledgeable- I’ve gained more knowledge in this internship about agronomics than I have in school or previous internships.”

Following his graduation from Iowa State University in May 2020, Hunter will have a full plate in terms of his career goals. “I want to stay in North Central Iowa. I’d like to do something on the chemical or seed side [of agronomy], whether it be seed sales or being a chemical or seed [company] rep- I really like seeing ‘why’ certain chemicals perform the way they do in certain places. I also farm, so I’d like to continue to farm and grow [my operation].

When asked if he would recommend this internship to other students, Hunter agreed with no hesitation. “[When looking for internships] definitely consider MaxYield, because you’ll be treated as a professional, not just as a summer worker. [The most surprising thing about this internship] has been how nice and welcoming people are to the interns, and you really feel like a part of the team. It’s nice.”

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!

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