March 2, 2021

SVEN NIELSON – Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling Intern

Sven NielsenSome students know exactly what career path they want to follow, while others, like Sven Nielson, want to explore their options before they make a decision.

“I wanted to get clarity about whether I’m on the right career track,” said Nielson, 20, an ag education major from Albert City, who is a senior at ISU.

After his friend and fellow ISU student Haley Banwart shared her experiences as a 2013 MaxYield intern, Nielson was interested in how MaxYield could help him learn more about the diverse careers available in ag today.

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up around agriculture, because my grandparents are farmers. I also enjoyed FFA during high school. Before I graduated from Sioux Central High School in 2012, I served as chapter president and competed in contests for creed speaking and extemporaneous speaking. I’ve learned that there are many different things I can do with an ag degree.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield crop scouting/soil sampling internship?
A: I wanted to learn more about agronomy, along with meeting new people and expanding my network. I’ve been based out of the West Bend/Whittemore area, where I’ve helped with agronomy work orders, soil sampling, and crop scouting. I’m glad that MaxYield let me spend time with Eric Goodman to learn more about SciMax Solutions and precision ag. I’ve seen how many variables you have to account for in farming. MaxYield is a great company that makes you feel like you’re part of the team. The biggest thing they’ve taught me is the importance of building strong relationships with your clients.

Q: How have you benefited by having Tim Bruns as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Tim is very down to earth and helpful, especially if something isn’t working quite right. Like the rest of the MaxYield team, Tim talks with you, not down to you, and helps you learn. Once you get the hang of things, he gives you the reins.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: While I don’t know exactly what the future holds, I can see myself working outside of Iowa after I graduate.

Interesting facts about Sven

• Sven is interested in earning a graphic design minor this fall at ISU.

• On campus, Sven participates in collegiate FFA and the Iowa State University Corn Club.

• Sven stays busy with two jobs during the school year. He works for a tree trimming and landscaping company in Ames. He also works at Clyde’s Sports Grill in the Union Drive Community Center on campus.
A Minute With MaxYield Mentor Tim Bruns, agronomy specialist

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Sven?
A: Sven is very eager to learn and asks questions if he doesn’t understand something. He’s
also another set of eyes looking at a situation and may see things from a perspective that I hadn’t considered. These two things have helped me evaluate how I respond to MaxYield clients who have questions about situations in their operations.

Q: What traits/skills does Sven possess that fit well with MaxYield’s culture?
A: Sven has a great work ethic and is willing to go above and beyond. He’s also very client
focused and picks up on things fast.

Q: How does MaxYield’s internship program benefit both students and MaxYield?
A: The interns get a chance to see if their summer job is something they would like to pursue as a career. While Sven is currently an ag education major, he has been wondering if an agronomy position would interest him. His MaxYield internship helped him learn about some of the tasks an agronomist performs. In addition, the internship program gives MaxYield a chance to evaluate potential team members’ abilities and attributes in everyday work situations. Since the interns also get to evaluate MaxYield as a potential employer, it truly is a win-win situation for both parties.


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