February 27, 2021

Jake Mullenix…Goes With the Grain

Jake Mullenix - MaxYield CooperativeWhen Jake Mullenix came to MaxYield, he made it clear he wasn’t afraid to work hard. In fact, one of the first things this 20-year-old Iowa State University student from Bloomington, IL, wanted to know was how much overtime he could get. His willingness to immerse himself in his internship has helped him learn a great deal about grain operations.

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: When I was growing up, I’d stay at my grandparents’ farm near Red Oak for two or three weeks each year. I really enjoyed working with Grandpa. By the time I finished my freshman year of high school, I knew I wanted to go into agriculture.

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

A: Since I’m a grain operations intern, I’ve been based in Belmond, where I’ve gotten to do a lot of different kinds of work. I helped move grain from the bunker to the elevator, learned how grain is blended, helped load a train, helped with safety training, and updated MaxYield team members on the progress of the new grain bunker. I also had the opportunity to job shadow different positions on the train crew. It was also neat to tour AGCO’s facility in Jackson, MN.

I like the flexibility of my internship. If there’s something I want to learn more about, the MaxYield team members make it happen.

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

A: Whenever I have any questions, I can ask Pat or Walt. They’ll either have the answer, or they will find the answer. Everyone at MaxYield is friendly and helpful, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to know them.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A: I don’t know exactly what direction I want my career to go after graduation, but I have a lot of options with my ag business major.

Interesting facts about Jake:

• Jake’s dad, Will Mullenix, worked for MaxYield about eight years ago as an agronomy specialist.

• Jake is a legacy student at Iowa State University (ISU), since his father and grandfather also studied there. Jake, who received a scholarship from ISU, will be a junior when he returns to college this fall.

• Jake earns extra money at the ISU dairy farm, where he works with the livestock and helps clean the barns.

 A Minute With MaxYield Mentor Pat White

Pat White, MaxYield’s eastern area team leader, was excited to have a grain operations intern this year. “I’ve enjoyed the chance to mentor Jake in grain operations. I’ve tried to give him opportunities where he’ll learn the most about the grain business.”

In addition to working with MaxYield team members, Jake has had the chance to interact with many MaxYield clients, said White, who appreciates Jake’s sense of humor and his willingness to learn. “My team and I have learned a lot from Jake, too, and really appreciate the fresh set of eyes he brings to MaxYield.”

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