November 24, 2020

MaxYield Cooperative Intern Spotlight: Nick Hunt

Sometimes the best plans get blown apart. Just ask Nick Hunt, who was lined up to have an internship at an ag company this summer. Even when the COVID-19 pandemic started making headlines around spring break, Hunt’s future employer said their internship program was still on.

Then the start date was pushed back to June 1 instead of mid-May. Then came the news that the company cancelled their 2020 summer internship program, due to COVID-19. That’s when Hunt reached out to MaxYield.

“I had a good experience when I was an intern here last summer,” said Hunt, who had first connected with MaxYield through a part-time job soil sampling in the Britt area in 2018. “I was glad they offered me an opportunity to come back.”

 What you’ll find here: Learning opportunities tailored to your interests. “It’s pretty cool we can make our internship what we want it be,” said Hunt, 21, a 2017 West Hancock High School graduate who is finishing his agronomy degree at Iowa State University (ISU). “I’m interested in learning more about what an ag sales job is like.”

You’ll also find a welcoming, friendly work environment at MaxYield. “The team doesn’t expect you to know everything,” said Hunt, who appreciates how his mentors explain things. “They take the time to answer your questions and help you learn as much as possible. They also make you feel like part of the team.”

What you won’t find here: Tedious work that isn’t meaningful. Hunt has helped run the chemical shed a Meservey and assist with soil sampling and tissue sampling. “It’s not just busy work,” Hunt said. “MaxYield team members make sure to teach you as you go.”

How I’ve customized my MaxYield internship: Hunt enjoys crop scouting. “You learn a lot about soils and crop physiology, which is really interesting,” said Hunt, who also likes learning how to accurately assess crop conditions and fix issues that are showing up in clients’ fields. Interacting with farmers and helping them manage crop protection challenges is another plus.

How I’m providing solutions at MaxYield: Interacting with clients is a fun part of the job. “You get a different viewpoint by working with the growers,” Hunt said. “There’s always something new to learn.” Hunt also appreciates the MaxYield mentors who guide him. “Jon Kaduce is easygoing, knowledgeable and willing to share what he knows,” Hunt said.

What motivates me: “I’ve always been interested in ag,” said Hunt, a former 4-H and FFA member who grew up in Britt. “I showed cows at the fair and worked for farmers. I like being outside and working with my hands and would like to grow my career in north Iowa.”

How my MaxYield internship is setting me up for success: Hunt appreciates the in-depth agronomy knowledge he has continued to gain through his two MaxYield internships. “While I’ve been learning some of this stuff in the classroom, it makes so much more sense in the real world,” Hunt said.


Travis Hamm, outside operations/applicator in Meservey and mentor for Nick Hunt:

Nick is self-motivated and isn’t afraid to try new things. He’s also friendly and interacts well with our clients. I visited with Nick at the start of his internship to figure out what he’s interested in, so the MaxYield team and I could help him learn about different jobs at the co-op. I’m glad I’ve had a chance to work with Nick.

I like the internship program, because it has helped MaxYield hire some pretty knowledgeable team members through the years. These new team members bring a lot to the table. Their new ideas and knowledge of technology keep MaxYield at the forefront, which is important in this competitive industry.

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