February 25, 2021

Putting Down Roots: Wagner’s MaxYield Internship & Employment Builds her Career in Agronomy

Shelby Wagner

Meet Shelby Wagner, a recent hire in the agronomy department of MaxYield Seed since January of this year.

Originally from the West Bend area, as an Agronomy Specialist Trainee, her responsibilities have ranged from filling out work orders, to scouting fields. “This position is designed to help me make connections of how sales influences other areas within the co-op.” As a part of the trainee program she has been “learning the ropes” of many different aspects of agronomy which has also included riding along with applicators.

A recent graduate of Iowa State University, Shelby previously worked at MaxYield as a Seed and Agronomy Sales intern the summer of 2016.

Q: What is your favorite memory from your internship?

A: I really enjoyed going out and visiting with clients.

Q: Describe how your supervisor influenced your internship experience.

A: Dan Stokes was my internship mentor. I appreciated that he was really patient with me and took time to answer all of my questions. He is a fun guy in general and it was always a fun day with him. He gave me the freedom I needed to learn and make decisions too. During the end of the internship I was calling and visiting clients selling the R7 monitoring tool on my own. In my opinion, this kind of thing is something you can’t really learn much until you do it yourself. My first sales visits were scary, but then I was better at it near the end of my internship.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Some of my favorite hobbies include listening to music, painting, fishing, hunting and gardening. I used to hunt with a bow, but now I like to hunt deer with muzzleloader.

This year at her house she is excited about her summer plans to grow a “salsa garden” containing ingredients to make salsa, like tomatoes, peppers, onions, and maybe even cilantro. The rabbits may be a problem, she said but she is excited to pursue this hobby and is settled into her new life as a full-time team member at MaxYield.

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