November 27, 2020

Archives for July 2012

Informative Trip to Feed Mill and Ethanol Plant

By: PJ Frederick

A major perk of my internship with MaxYield is the variety of learning field trips we are able to enjoy. On Tuesday, our intern team made a trip to the Hobarton Feed Mill and Lakota Ethanol plant. This was a great learning experience and an awesome way to learn more about those particular parts of the industry. I enjoy being able to see other operations of the co-op in real time and explore the different ways MaxYield serves its clients.

The Hobarton Feed Mill gave me an opportunity to see how large scale feed operations are ran and helped me appreciate the grain-to-feed process.  At Lakota, I was interested to learn how the Dried Distillers’ Grain (DDG) was made and how they were able to also market DDGs and Corn Oil as well as ethanol.

The most interesting part of both sites for me was the large scale of the operation and hearing the large number of bushels they are able to process.


MaxYield grain merchandising is huge part in both Feed Mill and Ethanol Plant process

By: Jake Mullenix

Our field trip day was a great learning experience, as well as, lots of fun.  We visited two different places, the first being Murphy-Brown feed mill just west of Algona.  I enjoyed this tour of the plant because it was built much like a grain elevator.  I enjoyed discussing back legs with our tour guide, and other issues associated with legs.  I was amazed to learn that they have motion sensors on almost all of their augers, conveyers, and legs.  If one of these sensors is tripped, it automatically shuts off every piece of equipment leading to that machine.

The second location that we visited was the Lakota ethanol plant.  I enjoyed hearing about what is done with the byproducts from making ethanol.  I also was very interested in how MaxYield merchandises all the grain for these two locations, a huge part in both processes. The Lakota ethanol plant runs on a 24/7 365 days a year schedule, and the Hobarton feed mill runs a 6 day schedule.


Corn is $2.63 1/2 off its low in 30 days

Corn is now $2.63 1/2 off its low in a months time. Just a quick reference, the drought rally of 1988 was $1.45 ½ low to high. (Obviously some major differences)

This is the largest 30 day rally we have ever seen in the history of the corn market.

Touring Hobarton Feed Mill and Lakota Ethanol plant


view from the top of Murphy Brown feed mill

By: Derek Haupert

On Tuesday July 10th, the other interns and I toured the Murphy-Brown feed mill in Hobaton and the ethanol plant in Lakota.  Going through both plants was interesting and we got to see where some of the corn grower’s produce goes to.

At the feed mill, it was interesting how many different products come together to create feed for up to one millions hogs at a time.  Also, going to the top of the feed mill was a really cool view of the surrounding area.

Visiting the ethanol plant showed a little more of the chemistry involved in the process to make fuel.  The really interesting part of the process was seeing the actual product at each step of making fuel.  Many by-products are a result of the fuel making process and it was neat to see where these can be used again. The most important point I got out of the tour is how much corn is needed to keep the plant going, about 150,000 bushels per day.

Touring AGCO/CAT manufacturing plant

By: Ben Matson

This summer the MaxYield interns and Chad Meyer were able to travel to Jackson, MN to visit the AGCO/ CAT manufacturing plant.  It was a very educational trip and I was able to learn a lot. We began by touring the brand new museum and show room that had many different types of equipment on display.  From there, we continued our tour into the equipment assembly line.   It was amazing to see equipment such as: CAT tractors, Massy Ferguson tractors, Row Gators, and many more types of equipment being built.  We were able to tour the facilities and watch as each part was constructed into a finished piece of equipment.

My favorite part of the trip was being able to see the different types of technology used in the process of manufacturing equipment.  They have small robots that are able to travel around the facility and drop off parts with people working as needed.

It was a beneficial trip to have taken and I really enjoyed our time at the CAT facilities.

Apply Fungicides to Increase ROI

Peter Bixel, SciMax Solutionsby Peter Bixel, SciMax Solutions Team Leader. Originally posted at

Corn rootworm beetles are starting to show up, so spraying insecticide will help control them for this year and the next.

Does the suggestion to spray again now make you shake your head? Around this time of year, I hear a lot of farmers say they’re done spending money on this crop. “I don’t want to spend another dollar on that acre,” they’ll commonly respond discussing the seasonal application of fungicide, insecticide and micronutrients.

Here’s a clear and simple thought:

A business decision that returns the investment is a sound decision. If a treatment, such as fungicide on corn will yield 80 bushels per acre while the untreated check yields 68 bushels per acre, is that a solid recommendation? You bet it is!

That’s why we recommend a fungicide, along with an insecticide, for corn-on-corn and certain hybrids that respond to this application. With an average of 5 plus bushels, how can you afford not to? Focus on ROI, not emotion, as you engage in late input decisions.

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds recommends applying fungicides to the following hybrids: LH 5078 VT3 PRO, LH 5228 VT3, LH 5376 VT3, LH 5464 VT2 PRO, LH 5465 VT2 PRO, LH 5686 VT3 PRO, LH 5877 VT3 PRO, LH 5982 GT, LH 6392 GT, LH 6394 3000GT, and LH 6396 3111.

One final reason you might want to apply fungicides is because it helps corn when it’s especially stressed due to heat and drought. Our crops are certainly stressed this season!

Meet MaxYield 101 Intern- Ben Matson

I attend Iowa State University, where I will be a junior working on an Agriculture Business Major and Agronomy Minor. I found MaxYield at the career fair, and am so glad I did. I am the 101 intern this summer, meaning that I can get a broad look of the company while having the freedom to narrow in on certain areas.

Throughout my first couple weeks at MaxYield Cooperative I have learned many things.  I have really enjoyed the opportunities I have been presented with and am proud to be a part of the MaxYield team.  Everyone at MaxYield has been extremely friendly and welcoming.

I have really enjoyed working with my mentor Dan Stokes and also working with Greg Ervin on a special research project.  They have furthered my knowledge greatly and I look forward to continuing my work with them the rest of the summer.

This summer I will be working primarily in the central district around Whittemore and West Bend.  I have already taken part in many different types of work for MaxYield.

Some things I have done and will be continuing to do are planter stand analysis and tissue sampling.  I have even been able to attend many meetings and meet with customers.

It has already been a great learning experience and I look forward to becoming more educated and well-rounded in the agricultural field.  MaxYield is providing me with a great opportunity this summer and I look forward to making the most of it.

Meet Agronomy Sales Intern- PJ Frederick

The first few weeks of my internship with MaxYield Co-op has been a great learning experience.

Having been excited for the opportunity to work for this company, I am glad that the time is finally here. Even though only a few weeks have gone by, I feel that I have become part of the team here at MaxYield.

As the Agronomy Specialist Intern, I work closely with the agronomy side of the co-op and spend most of my time evaluating and learning in the field.

In the short time that I have been here I have learned a multitude of things about crop diagnosis, chemical application, seed hybrids, and so much more. The program is highly supportive toward learning and has a professional feeling.

This being my first internship, I feel that I have started off right. I just finished my freshman year at Iowa State University, with an Agriculture Business major and Agronomy minor.  I thought MaxYield would be a great fit for me. Needless to say, I was correct.


Meet Grain Operations Intern- Jake Mullenix

As the Grain Operations intern at MaxYield for the summer of 2012, I was placed in Belmond for the first few weeks of my internship. After just completing my second year at Iowa State University, I am working on an Agriculture Business Major. Thus far, my first week has been exciting and event filled.

We just started moving the bunker into the elevator.  These required long days of dumping semi.  I enjoy it because it has given me the opportunity to get to know the Belmond MaxYield team very well.  They are a great group of individuals.

I also took part in a train loading safety training.  I also received the opportunity to job shadow different positions on the train crew.

I look forward to better understanding the Belmond location as well as other MaxYield locations grain operations.


USDA Announces Disaster Designation

MaxYield Cooperative grain analyst Karl Setzer passes this along…

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday is expected to announce a series of relief efforts to help American farmers and ranchers hurt by the severe drought that has plagued much of the country — slashing hay output and leaving corn and soybean crops withering in bone-dry fields.

The announcement from the USDA will center on changes in disaster assistance to producers struggling with the drought by focusing on increasing their flexibility in the Conservation Reserve Program — a program that pays producers an annual rent for taking fragile land out of production — and within the department’s authority to provide emergency loans