February 25, 2021

Jared Wellik – Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling Intern

Jared WellikWhen Jared Wellik wanted to build a broader base of ag knowledge, he was interested in applying for a MaxYield internship.

“We get MaxYield’s My Solutions magazine at home, and I’d read the interns’ stories,” said Wellik, 20, an agricultural studies major from Woden, who will be a sophomore at ISU. “I saw that MaxYield has an internship for just about anything you’re interested in.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up on a farm, where my parents, Jim and Carla Wellik, raise crops and sheep. Before I graduated from Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School in 2013, I was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA, where I served as the chapter vice president and participated in ag sales competitions at the regional level. I’ve always been interested in agriculture and know that’s where I need to be.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield scouting/soil sampling internship?
A: Crop scouting is always a good first step in pursuing an agronomy experience, and I’ve had the chance to do this in MaxYield’s east territory. I know quite a few clients, since I’m from this area, and I’ve enjoyed meeting other growers. My internship has helped me learn how to communicate more effectively with growers.

Q: How have you benefited by having Kody Trampel as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: I’ve learned a lot from Kody, who is always willing to talk to me and answers my questions right away. He’s easy to relate to, because he’s a former MaxYield intern who knows what I’m going through. The whole MaxYield team is very knowledgeable and friendly. My internship has been a great experience.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’d like to return to my hometown and help my dad on the farm. I’m also interested in ag sales, because I like talking with growers and helping them improve their production. I could see myself selling seed or livestock feed. My long-term goal is to take over the management of
our farm. My younger brother, Mark, is also interested in farming.

Interesting facts about Jared

• Jared helped with MaxYield’s Forest City parade entry this summer.

• An experienced livestock producer, Jared enjoys raising hogs, cattle, and sheep. He and his brother, Mark, have shown livestock at the Iowa State Fair for many years.

• Jared is involved in many activities on campus at ISU, including the Block & Bridle Club’s beef and swine interest groups, the Beginning Farmers Network, and the Agri- Marketing Management Operations group.

• In his free time, Jared enjoys trap shooting.

A Minute With MaxYield Mentor Kody Trampel, agronomy specialist

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Jared?
A: Jared came into this internship with a fresh perspective. He is always willing to learn and helps us look for ways to stay competitive. I also like his willingness to ask questions. Since
I was a MaxYield intern three years ago, I can relate to his experiences and am glad to help point him in the right direction.

Q: What traits/skills does Jared possess that fit well with MaxYield’s culture?
A: Jared is a great people person with good communication skills. He can sit down and have a conversation with anyone. That’s important when he reports back to MaxYield clients after scouting their fields.

Q: How does MaxYield’s internship program benefit both students and MaxYield?
A: Summer internships give students a good way to gain hands-on experience while earning income to pay for college. The interns also provide another helping hand at MaxYield and can offer new ideas when you’re providing solutions for clients. The internship program is getting MaxYield’s name out there on college campuses, so we’re doing something right. ■


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