November 27, 2020

The Right Fit: How Logan Besch Found His Place in a MaxYield Internship

The agriculture industry is full of things to learn and Logan Besch, a soil sampling and crop scouting intern from Whittemore, Iowa, wants it that way. A desire to learn is what brought the 2016 Bishop-Garrigan High School graduate to the Agricultural Education and Studies Department at Iowa State University. “I picked the [agricultural] studies [major] because the major I had at Hawkeye Community College was designed to lead up to it. Plus, I love how broad [ag studies] is and I can pick and choose what I want to get out of it.”

Logan grew up around the MaxYield brand, so it wasn’t a surprise when a high school friend had an internship at the cooperative. That connection is how Logan initially heard about the program. “He had [the soil sampling/crop scouting] internship and he loved it… I had an offer from [another area] cooperative, but MaxYield seemed like a better fit and a better opportunity.”

Helping clients by completing soil sampling, crop scouting, tissue testing, and more is all in a day’s work for Logan. Time spent with his mentors, Tim Bruns (agronomy specialist, West Bend) and Mike Hommez (seed solutions specialist, Central Region), is what he most looks forward to. “When I ride around with Tim, I learn so much from him. It seems like he is an expert on everything! Having mentors is great because of the knowledge you can gain.”

Working long hours and big weeks isn’t always easy work, and Logan sums up his summer experience with the word ‘Endurance’. “It’s like a quote I remember from the Bible: ‘friction produces endurance, endurances produces character, and character produces hope’. I hope [what I’ve learned in] this internship helps me to get a nice job after graduation.”

This internship has helped Logan to narrow down exactly what kind of career he’s striving for. With aspirations of staying in North Central Iowa and being an agronomist at a cooperative, his MaxYield experience has helped him prepare for that type of opportunity and is an experience he recommends to others with similar goals. “[Working at MaxYield Cooperative] is a good experience and you learn so much.”

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

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