November 30, 2020

PJ Frederick Connects With Clients

PJ Frederick MaxYield Cooperative internWhen PJ Frederick’s friends at Iowa State University (ISU) encouraged him to look into a MaxYield internship, he took their advice. The 19-year-old freshman knew his friends had a good experience when they interned at MaxYield, so he took the initiative to contact the cooperative before ISU hosted its Career Day.

PJ said his agronomy internship is everything he hoped it would be. “This is nothing but five stars.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I grew up on a farm by Orient, and my dad encouraged me to study agriculture. I will be a sophomore at ISU, where I’m majoring in agricultural business and minoring in agronomy.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield agronomy internship?

A: MaxYield is a very professional organization, and I like how my internship compares to a full-time job. I’m based in Emmetsburg and work mainly in the western territory, where I’ve done planter stand analysis, tissue testing, seed inventories, and crop diagnostics to determine what diseases or pests might be affecting the crop. I’ve also gotten to go on sales calls.

Since all the MaxYield interns live in the same apartment complex in Whittemore, I feel like I’m not on my own. We can talk about things at the end of the day and socialize after work.

Q: How have you benefited by having Kurt Metzger and Janie Imming as your mentors at MaxYield?

A: I want to get a better understanding about sales. I’ve been impressed by the comfort level that growers have with my mentors, who are showing me the importance of good client relations. I also like the fact that my work is helping move MaxYield’s projects forward.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A: I enjoy agronomy but am keeping my career options open.


Interesting facts about PJ:

• PJ, who is a member of ISU’s Agricultural Business Club, helped create ISU’s Agricultural Marketing and Management Organization for sophomores and juniors who want to start their own ag businesses.

• In the summer, PJ enjoys golfing, fishing, and boating. In the fall, he enjoys deer hunting and pheasant hunting.


A Minute With MaxYield Mentor Janie Imming

It’s amazing how much interns like PJ Frederick learn during their three-month stint at MaxYield, said Janie Imming, a SciMax Solutions specialist. She has appreciated PJ’s help on various projects, including a seedling emergence study. “PJ has done a great job working with our SciMax clients, and this gives us an extra set of hands and eyes to monitor what’s going on in clients’ fields.”

This offers added value to MaxYield and its clients, Imming noted. “Our interns’ work is important, because they can handle extra projects that MaxYield’s full-time team members may not have time to work on during the year.”

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