November 30, 2020

Jared Mullinix: Soil Sample & Crop Scout Intern

Jared MullinixThis San Antonio, Texas native came to Iowa State University with a fair amount of animal agriculture and meat industry knowledge. Jared Mullinix, 19, was very involved in his urban high school’s FFA program and eventually came to Iowa. Jared’s career goal is to develop feed for cattle and swine in the future. He was able to get both agronomy and feed work experiences at MaxYield as a Soil Sample and Crop Scout Intern.

Q: What were your ambitions when you applied for this MaxYield internship?

A: I applied knowing that I wanted to learn the basics of what goes into feed. I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about soil nutrients, or much experience with agronomy, so I knew these were my priorities. In high school I had only taken two basic agronomy classes and one was focused on common Texas crops like wheat, sorgum, and cotton. During this internship it’s like a whirlwind of information that I learned about pesticides, weed types, soil nutrients, etc.

Q: How would you describe your MaxYield internship to another student?

A: I would tell them that it is a lot of work and sweat; however you learn a ton with that. You learn from your mentors, and by training sessions with MaxYield’s Agronomy Specialists that cover different seed varieties, applications for crops and more. I let MaxYield know that I was also interested in the feed side of their business and have been able to work in the feed mill. On the first day working in the mill my mentor was good about showing me what to do. I figured rations for 5 tons and the second day they gave me more freedom and I figured rations for 70 tons, so they want you to have hands-on experience.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I am a member of the ISU Meats Judging Team and a part of the Farmhouse Fraternity.

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