November 23, 2020

Riley Kindwall, soil sampling/crop scouting intern

20160613_maxyield_205When Riley Kindwall of Belmond started checking out options for his first college internship, MaxYield made a positive impression on him at the ISU Ag Career Day.

“I talked to Chad Meyer and Kody Trampel from MaxYield, and they were friendly compared to a lot of the other employers,” said Kindwall, 19, who is finishing his final year at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) before he transfers to ISU to study ag business. “I’m glad I went with a MaxYield internship, because it’s a great experience.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I’ve grown up around agriculture and like everything about it. I enjoy both crops and livestock. I’ve worked with my uncle, Jeff Grossnickel, who has a cattle feedlot and swine confinement operation. I also help Larry Turner grow aronia berries near Belmond.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield soil sampling/crop scouting internship?

A: I’ve learned a lot about soil sampling and how just a couple feet can make a big difference. Sometimes the other MaxYield interns have tag teamed with me on big fields, which makes the work more fun. When it rains, I have the chance to spend more time with my mentor, Steve Schany, and learn about weeds and other agronomy topics.

Q: How have you benefited by having Steve Schany as your mentor at MaxYield?

A: Steve and the MaxYield team are great communicators. They answer your questions and trust you to do the job. While I didn’t see Steve every day, he was always available when I needed him.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  I want to stay in agriculture and am interested in a career in sales. I like talking to people and enjoy the one-on-one face time with people.

Editor’s note: Riley is the son of Jeff and Becky Kindwall of Belmond. In his free time, he likes to hunt waterfowl, fish, golf and spend time at the lake.

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Steve Schany, seed solutions specialist  

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Riley?
Riley is hard working and resourceful. He’s willing to observe, think things through and learn. Having someone like Riley here is a big help. I enjoy helping him learn the business in the proper way.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?

A: I’m proud that MaxYield’s internship program has been successful in recruiting talent for MaxYield and helping graduates find good jobs in the ag industry.

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