March 1, 2021

RYAN MAYLAND – Advanced Sales Intern

Ryan MaylandRyan Mayland had such a positive experience as a MaxYield agronomy and seed intern in 2013 that he wanted to come back this summer and dig deeper into agronomy sales.

“I liked MaxYield and the people I worked with last year,” said Mayland, 22, an agricultural studies major from Britt, who will graduate from ISU in May of 2015. “This time I was looking for more responsibility, which I definitely got.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: My dad, Keith, farms with my uncle and my grandpa, and I spent a lot of time on the farm when I was growing up. My high school ag teacher and FFA advisor, Paul Hauge, also influenced me. He’s a fun teacher, and I took as many ag classes with him as I could, including animal science and agronomy classes.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield advanced sales internship?
A: While I worked mainly with seed last year, I’ve gotten a lot of hands-on agronomy sales experience this year. I’m based in Emmetsburg, and I work mainly with SciMax Solutions clients. I already knew quite a few of the clients from working at MaxYield last summer.
I plan my own work schedule each day, so I set up meetings with clients to review their tissue sampling reports. I’ve also written up work orders for fertilizer blends, delivered seed and chemical orders, and helped with crop scouting. There’s also a lot of continuing education, too, through Answer Plot® events and seed meetings. Working with SciMax clients is big, because you learn just how advanced they are in their approach to precision ag.

Q: How have you benefited by having Greg Sweeney as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Greg is really good at what he does and is good at helping you learn. Greg and the SciMax team are always willing to help. If I have any questions, there are a lot of people I can call for answers.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I definitely want to work in agriculture. Since I want to be in northern Iowa, it’s good to get practical, hands-on experience in this area. I also want to be close to my family’s farm, because I like to help out, especially with harvest.
Interesting facts about Ryan

• Ryan enjoys hunting deer (bow and shotgun), ducks, and pheasants. He’s also the events specialist for the ISU Hunting Club and has been known to attend classes at ISU while still wearing his face paint and camouflage gear.

• An avid outdoorsman, Ryan also likes to go fishing at Spirit Lake and Five Island Lake and
enjoys catching bass.

• Since he’s a Cyclone fan, there’s a good chance you’ll find Ryan at ISU football games or men’s basketball games when he’s in Ames.

A Minute With MaxYield Mentor Greg Sweeney, seed team leader

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Ryan?
A: Ryan has a good work ethic, and I don’t have to worry about him staying busy. I talk to him a few times a week, and he manages his day-to-day duties. He also brings a fresh outlook on things and asks a lot of good questions about why we do things a certain way.

Q: What traits/skills does Ryan possess that fit well with MaxYield’s culture?
A: Ryan is a people person who connects well with clients and MaxYield team members. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with him. He’s also knowledgeable about agronomy. As a second-year MaxYield intern, Ryan has learned the basics about MaxYield. This creates new opportunities to challenge him, whether he’s spending more time in the field or working more closely with clients. With second-year interns, we can take learning experiences to a whole new level.

Q: How does MaxYield’s internship program benefit both students and MaxYield?
A: Interns like Ryan help us during our busy time and allow us to bring more value to our clients. As we invest in the next generation of ag leaders, we also get to see how these students might fit into MaxYield as future team members. In turn, they get an inside look at MaxYield to see if we’re the right fit for them. This increases MaxYield’s odds of hitting more home runs when hiring new team members. ■


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