November 24, 2020

MARK WELLIK, Soil Sampling/Crop Scouting Intern

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When Mark Wellik says he’s willing to go the extra mile to get the most from his MaxYield internship, he’s not kidding. Even if the job involves getting up at 3:30 a.m. to pull soil samples before a storm hits, he’s up for the challenge.

“My older brother, Jared, was an intern at MaxYield, so I knew it’s a good company to work for,” said Wellik, a Woden native who is a sophomore majoring in ag studies at ISU. “I also know other former MaxYield interns have gotten good jobs in seed sales and agronomy, so I wanted to try an internship here.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up on a farm near Woden, where my dad, Jim, and uncle, Roger, grow corn and soybeans. I’ve always liked agriculture and still come back each fall to help with harvest. I also help a farmer near Ames at harvest and do some fall tillage for him.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield crop scouting/soil sampling internship?
A: While a lot of the big ag companies just want resumes only from juniors and seniors, MaxYield is willing to work with you if you’re a freshman or sophomore. I’ve helped with crop scouting and soil sampling in the East Area. I’ve learned a lot about agronomy and have also made a lot of great connections at MaxYield. I know many people in the East Area and especially like the Meservey guys, who are a hoot. The networking is the biggest thing.

Q: How have you benefited by having Cody Ostendorf and Rachel Amundson as your mentors at MaxYield?
A: Cody is very understanding and relaxed, plus he’s very knowledgeable about agronomy.
He has taken the time to go through everything from agronomy basics to more complex topics. Rachel works with SciMax Solutions and has helped me learn that part of the business. Mentors like Cody and Rachel guide you, because you learn a lot more. I can ask them questions and find the answers I need. Building these relationships also gives me references for future opportunities.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’d like to work in agronomy sales. While I’d be willing relocate for a full-time job, I definitely want to end up back in Iowa. Eventually I’d like to come back home and farm.

Interesting facts about Mark:
• Mark, a 2014 graduate of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School, served as vice president of Britt Broncos 4-H club and sentinel of the local FFA chapter.
• Mark shows hogs through the Iowa Swine Jackpot series and travels to Colfax, Grundy Center, Sac City, Spencer, and other towns for shows. His Berkshire barrow won championships at three out of four shows in one weekend.
• Back at ISU, Mark is a member of the Block and Bridle Club and the Beginning Farmers Network.

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