January 20, 2021

Hunter Gelhaus Grows His Agronomy Career at MaxYield

When Hunter Gelhaus is in the field with his team members, it’s hard to stump him when it’s time to diagnose crop issues. What’s going on with corn when the leaves fail to unfurl properly and the whorl becomes tightly wrapped and twisted?

“It’s rapid-growth syndrome,” said Gelhaus, an agronomy specialist trainee at MaxYield Cooperative. “When I get it right, Matt Keel jokes, ‘I taught you way too much last summer.’”

Keel, a MaxYield seed solutions specialist, served as Gelhaus’ mentor when Gelhaus was a MaxYield agronomy sales intern during the summer of 2019. Now Gelhaus is a full-time agronomy specialist trainee, serving clients in the East Area, including Belmond, Klemme and Britt.

He’s building on a solid knowledge base. Gelhaus completed a successful seed and agronomy sales internship with MaxYield in 2019.

“I had such good experiences as an intern here and got to know so many people on the MaxYield team that I felt comfortable here,” said Gelhaus, who grew up in Lakota and earned his ag business degree and agronomy minor from Iowa State University in May 2020. “It was an easy decision to accept MaxYield’s job offer last fall.”

“MaxYield can set you up for big things”

It has been a smooth transition to come back as a full-time team member, adds Gelhaus, who scouts clients’ fields, delivers crop-protection products and enjoys getting to know more farmers in the area. “No two days are alike,” he said. “Also, every field is different, and every situation is different. That means you have to get to know each client to provide the right solutions.”

As an agronomy specialist trainee, Gelhaus works closely with his mentor, Levi Quayle, a MaxYield agronomy specialist. “He’s someone I can look to for advice and answers to my questions,” Gelhaus said.

Having a mentor also offers peace of mind when you’re a new full-time team member, he added. “It’s good to have someone who is easy to talk to and is there to help you learn,”

Gelhaus also appreciates the continuing education opportunities available through MaxYield, which is big enough to offer advancement opportunities and small enough to feel like family. “A MaxYield internship can set you up for big things.”

Editor’s note: In his free time, Gelhaus enjoys farming, hunting and spending time with his fiancé, Cassidy Sachs, who grew up two miles from him. The couple is planning an August 2021 wedding.

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