November 25, 2020

Ryan Anderson, soil sampling/crop scouting intern

ryan anderson (681x1024)While Ryan Anderson’s family has done business with MaxYield for years, Anderson has experienced a whole new side of the cooperative. The Clarion native was inspired to take a look at MaxYield’s internships when he met with MaxYield team members at Iowa State University’s (ISU) Ag Career Day.

“I wanted to see how MaxYield works from planting to harvest,” said Anderson, 19, an ISU sophomore who is majoring in ag studies and minoring in agronomy. “I wanted to learn as much as I can.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up on a corn and soybean farm north of Clarion and am interested in agronomy. It’s pretty awesome how one small seed can grow into a big plant.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield soil sampling/crop scouting internship?
A: In the first month and a half I scouted fields with my mentor and scouted on my own. MaxYield also helps you learn more about things that interest you. If I want to ride with an applicator, MaxYield gives me those opportunities. This is a great internship if you want to learn a lot about agriculture.

Q: How have you benefited by having Cody Ostendorf as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Cody is always available to answer my questions and help me learn, but he lets me do my own thing, too. He’s good at giving in-depth answers so I really learn what’s going on.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’d like to stay in north-central Iowa and would eventually like to return to my family’s farm. Until then, I’m looking into careers in seed sales or agronomy.

Editor’s note: Ryan is the son of Scott and Melinda Anderson of Clarion. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. At ISU he’s a member of the Ducks Unlimited Club, the Farm Operations Club and the Beginning Farmer Network.

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Cody Ostendorf, agronomy specialist

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Ryan?
A: It can be rare to find someone who was raised to work hard and work intelligently. Ryan has a very good work ethic and is eager to do whatever is asked of him. He also makes sure his work is done correctly and efficiently. Plus, he has a good personality, so it’s enjoyable to work around him.
Ryan also has a personal motivation in this internship because he wants to farm with his dad after he graduates. Ryan is focused on learning as much about agronomy as possible so he can apply it to his future operation.
Since he’s from the Clarion area, Ryan already knows quite a few MaxYield clients and has provided a lot of insight about some of their operations. It has been fun to watch how he has used his new skill set to interact with people he has known most of his life.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?
A: I like how flexible the internships can be. Each has specified tasks that need to be accomplished, but we can ensure the interns experience what they want to, as well. During my 2010 agronomy sales internship with MaxYield, I also wanted to work in operations and grain purchasing to determine what I enjoyed the most. I decided my passion was agronomy sales, but I was happy I could explore other aspects of the business. A MaxYield internship helps students make an educated career choice.

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