February 27, 2021

My MaxYield Internship: Mark Wellik


Meet Mark Wellik, MaxYield’s Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling Intern

- Mark

What inspired you to study agriculture?
Growing up on a farm all my life, and gaining so much knowledge and experience form working hands-on is what made me decide to study agriculture.

Why did you apply for MaxYield’s Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling Internship?
Growing up in the area, I am very familiar with MaxYield, and for being a co-op, MaxYield holds some of the most prestigious internships, and they are great at job placement upon graduation. I also know several employees and customers that make it a great place to work and they are overall a great co-op.

Who is/are your mentor(s) this summer, and how have they helped you through your first few weeks at MaxYield?
I have two mentors this summer, Cody Ostendorf and Rachel Amundson. Cody has shown me several things on weed identification, crop growth, diseases, chemical products and application, and client care. Rachel is very easy going, yet she knows how to keep us on task and busy with soil sampling.

What have you learned through your internship so far? What has been your favorite part about your internship?
I have learned a lot of different things in my internship so far. Most of all I have enjoyed watching the different agronomy specialists and how they handle their clients, and learning about the differences in agronomy jobs.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
This summer I look most forward to the little field trips that the other interns and I attend. In August we will be touring the soil testing lab in Wisconsin where our samples are sent to be analyzed. I look forward to being able to see the in-between steps of the processes started by sampling in the fields.

What challenges are you looking to tackle as the summer progresses?
As the summer has progresses it has become very wet, slowing down our soil sampling opportunities. So as the sampling season comes to a close I am looking forward to trying to finish off all of the acres before we run out of time.

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