February 28, 2021

Jake Baur, grain operations intern

20160613_maxyield_053While Jake Baur had a construction job last summer, he wanted to learn more about agriculture, especially grain operations and grain quality. MaxYield offered a unique opportunity.

“I saw MaxYield at the ISU Ag Career Day and was interested in their internships, because grain is the main focus of my family’s farm near Winterset,” said Baur, 20, an ISU junior majoring in ag systems technology. “The more I can learn about grain, the better.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I’ve grown up around agriculture and was raised on a farm that has been in our family for 160 years. You get to do something different every day in farming. Agriculture is also a huge part of the global economy.

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

A: I’ve learned a lot from this internship. I’ve stayed busy loading and unloading grain. One time I helped load soybeans on the first 25-car train that came through Dickens in 15 years. It has been interesting to help with maintenance on the grain-handling equipment, too. MaxYield has also let me work on the agronomy side by delivering chemicals and doing other jobs.

Q: How have you benefited by having Ron Sikora as your mentor at MaxYield?

A: Working with Ron is great, because he’s straightforward, easy to get along with, very helpful and he doesn’t micromanage.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  Eventually I’d like to get back to my family’s farm and go into production agriculture full time.

Editor’s note: In his free time, Jake enjoys working out, playing video games, reading and playing some of his favorite sports, including rugby. Jake played four sports a year in high school and is now involved in ISU’s Rugby Club and Triathlon Club. 

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Ron Sikora, Dickens and Fostoria location leader

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Jake?
 Jake has been a big asset to us. He catches on quickly and is willing to do whatever needs to be done. He’s a great guy.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?

A: It’s satisfying to see students learn and grow. The internship program also benefits MaxYield, since it helps us recruit new talent.

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