November 24, 2020

MaxYield Cooperative Intern Spotlight: Cayden Buysee

When colleges and universities closed earlier than normal this spring, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cayden Buysse didn’t wait around. He came a month early to start his MaxYield internship. It was a logical choice for this young farmer, whose motivation and work ethic are evident.

“I started renting 30 acres of farmland at age 13 around the time my grandpa started retiring from farming,” said Buysse, 19, who grew up at Tracy, Minnesota, and is a sophomore at South Dakota State University (SDSU). “I always wanted to farm but never thought I’d get into it as early as I did.”


Buysse earned the money to invest in the farm by picking rock for his dad and grandpa, baling hay and doing odd jobs for neighbors. As he expanded to 45 acres, his farming operation formed a solid base for his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) through FFA. This earned him various proficiency awards in grain entrepreneurship, fiber and oilcrop entrepreneurship, and

diversified ag production.

Today, Buysse farms 60 acres and is looking to grow in the future. “I’ve learned how to budget, have a strong work ethic and make a plan of what you want to do to succeed,” Buysse said. “I decided I wanted a MaxYield internship to be part of my plan.”

What you’ll find here: The opportunity to have a structured internship with room to explore other options. “I heard about MYC from the SDSU career fair, and the MaxYield logo caught my eye,” Buysse said. “I liked the look of MaxYield and started talking to some of their team members.” While he also had three interviews with a variety

of ag companies, including another co-op, he knew MaxYield was his number-one choice. “I wanted to work in a new area away from home and carve out my own niche,” Buysse said. “The MaxYield team members seemed very nice and passionate about their work. They were excited to recruit from different areas, and I was impressed they were recruiting from SDSU.”

What you won’t find here: A lack of support. Buysse values the opportunity to work with a variety of mentors, including Mike Hommez, a MaxYield seed solutions specialist. “He’s very knowledgeable about pretty much everything,” Buysse said. He also appreciates the values of the MaxYield team. “They look for the best of the best, they have integrity, and they do their job right, even if no one is looking. They also care how you’re doing, make sure you’re learning and help you do things right by the client.”

How I’ve customized my MaxYield internship: While Buysse did a lot of soil sampling early on, he’s also done a little bit of everything, if it’s agronomy related. “I’m always trying to learn more about agriculture and network with people in the industry,” Buysse said. His MaxYield internship is also helping determine which parts of agronomy interest him the most—a process that started during his first year of college. While he started off as an ag systems technology major, he switched to a precision ag major. “I always thought I’d go more into the technology side, but I’ve discovered I don’t like trouble shooting,” Buysse said. “Precision ag is more on the agronomy side, and I’m learning a lot about that through my internship at MaxYield.”

How I’m providing solutions at MaxYield: Getting to work with growers interests Buysse. He worked closely with Chris Warren, a SciMax Solutions specialist, on some trials with a grower, including tissue sampling. “Chris is smart, and he knows a lot about computer technology,” Buysse said. “He gets me out in the field so I can do hands-on agronomy.”

What motivates me: Serving farmers and helping share their stories with the non-farm public is important to Buysse, especially since he understands the challenges and opportunities of modern production ag first hand. “I’d love to have people come to the farm for more than a day and see how things really work.”

How my MaxYield internship is setting me up for success: While Buysse had a lot of practical ag know-how before he started his MaxYield internship, he has expanded his knowledge even more. “I’ve learned a lot more about technology and have learned a lot about the sales side of the business from my mentors. This has been a great experience.”


Mike Hommez, MaxYield seed solutions specialist and mentor for Cayden Buysse:

Cayden has a tremendous work ethic. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and tackle any job that is given to him. He showed great initiative by starting his internship early due to his school closing due to COVID-19.  He came to us with a farm background and some prior work experience. He jumped in and pitched in whenever needed during a very busy spring season.

You can tell Cayden cares about his work. He’s done a great job this summer. He’s personable and has no problem talking to the clients or other MaxYield team members. I’ve heard other positive comments about Cayden and everyone has enjoyed getting to know him.

I want agronomy interns like Cayden to have a positive experience working with our team at MaxYield. I try to get them involved with other team members and offer a variety of tasks they can accomplish on their own. I also like to have the intern spend time shadowing me so they can see some the daily activities that I work on, as well.

The intern program is an excellent way for MaxYield to build meaningful relationships with some of the best talent out there. I welcome the opportunity to mentor interns each year.  I’m convinced that the intern program helps make me a better seed solutions specialist. Not only do the interns learn from us, but we learn a lot from them, as well.

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