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MaxYield Holds 98th Annual Meeting

Bob Burkhardt

Bob Burkhardt, MaxYield CFO gives the results of the cooperative’s financial report, its third best fiscal year in history.

MaxYield Cooperative® held its 98th Annual Meeting Wednesday, November 28th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona, IA.

Board president Howard Haas of Algona called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.

During the meeting, MaxYield CFO Bob Burkhardt discussed the financial results of the cooperative. Highlights of the audited financial report for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2011 included local earnings of $4.1 million, which was the third best local earnings in company history, and total earnings reaching $8.3 million.

Board president Haas provided the membership an update on recent capital improvements. He stated that MaxYield has averaged $3.2 million in capital expenditures each of the last five years. Significant projects included renovating Belmond’s east soybean elevator and construction of a new fertilizer blending and storage facility there.

Retiring director Steve King of Spencer was recognized for his six years of service to the cooperative.

Steph Essick, nominating committee chairperson, announced the results of the director election. Howard Haas of Algona, and Ron Rouse from Curlew were reelected, and Barry Anderson of Gillette Grove was elected to the board. All will serve three years terms.

The annual meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m. and was followed by a noon meal.

MaxYield Cooperative thanks our clients and members for their support during another successful year.

More information about MaxYield Cooperative can be found online at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com and www.FromTheField.com.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local, farmer owned cooperative with locations in 18 communities in Iowa and one in Riga, Michigan. They are headquartered in West Bend, IA.



New Role Energizes Adam Gisch

Adam GischWith five years of experience at MaxYield Cooperative, Adam Gisch brings a unique skill set to his new role as an energy solutions specialist and LP gas delivery driver in MaxYield’s west region.

“I’m excited about this opportunity, because there’s a lot of room to grow,” said Gisch, who is based in Fostoria and will cover the area from Dickens to Hartley and Gillette Grove to the Iowa Great Lakes.

An Algona native, Gisch began his career with MaxYield at the co-op’s service station in West Bend. He became well versed in oils, the Cenex warranty, and other energy products and services during his two years there. As his career evolved, Gisch was based in Fostoria, where he drove a semi truck and hauled grain. He has also driven MaxYield’s refined fuel transport and has delivered products into the bulk plant, as well as MaxYield’s convenience stores and cardtrols.

Focusing on phenomenal service

In 2011, Gisch took classes through the Iowa Propane Gas Association to learn more about propane delivery. Gisch had the chance to put these new skills to use when Irv Maaland retired from MaxYield in late September.

“Adam will bring new energy and enthusiasm to the job,” said Chad Besch, MaxYield’s energy team leader. “He’s comfortable with the technology in our delivery trucks, including the automated computer systems, and he’s not afraid to talk to customers and prospects, which will help us grow MaxYield’s energy business.”

Gisch will also spend time in the country with Doug Shirk, one of MaxYield’s experienced energy solutions specialists, to learn more about the energy business. “I want MaxYield to be known for phenomenal service, and I hope to create a stronger energy presence for MaxYield in this area,” Gisch said.

Editor’s note: Wedding bells rang this June for Adam and his wife, Lyndsay, a kindergarten teacher at Okoboji schools. While the newlyweds live in Milford, Adam enjoys returning to Algona on Thursday nights to practice with the Gopher College rugby team. For 10 years, Adam has been a member of this team, which competes against rugby teams across northern Iowa, from Storm Lake to Dubuque.

Meet Shiliah Spaulding, Hobarton Grain Solutions Team

Providing the grain marketing solutions you need starts with reliable specialists you can trust. We’re pleased to announce a new addition to MaxYield Cooperative’s grain team, Shiliah Spaulding.

Shiliah SpauldingWith her farm background, client-care experience, and grain accounting expertise, Shiliah Spaulding brings a client-focused perspective to grain origination. In addition to offering clients competitive prices for grain supplied to the Hobarton location, Shiliah also provides grain marketing solutions for clients in MaxYield’s central trade area.

Shiliah joined MaxYield in May of 2012 after earning her degree in ag sales and operations management from North Iowa Area Community College. This Iowa native grew up on a farm near Battle Creek, where her family raises corn, soybeans, and Angus cattle in a cow-calf operation. Growing up with five older brothers, Shiliah enjoyed working on the farm, where she continues to raise cattle, goats, and sheep.

Livestock kept Shiliah busy each summer at the Ida County Fair, where she also earned top honors in the extemporaneous speaking contest. This allowed her to compete at the Iowa State Fair, where she also participated in the queen contest after she was named the Ida County Fair Queen in 2010.

This wasn’t her first brush with royalty, for Shiliah also reigned as the 2009 Iowa Honey Queen. This opportunity allowed her to speak to more than 10,000 people across Iowa about bees and honey—topics she knows well, since she has been involved with beekeeping since she was 10 years old.

“I like working with people,” Shiliah says. “At MaxYield, I look forward to getting to know more of the clients and providing them with grain marketing solutions.”

Steve King Helps MaxYield Build on a Solid Foundation

Steve King, MaxYield CooperativeEach action in your relationships with others is like a brick. You choose whether to use it to build a foundation or a wall. Steve King of Spencer, who has served on MaxYield Cooperative’s board since 2006, has helped us build a solid foundation for the future.

After serving two terms, King is retiring from the board but is glad he had the opportunity to be involved for six years. “This was a good experience because you learn a lot about the inner workings of the company,” said King, who wants to devote more time to his farming operation and young family. “You also get to meet other farmers and ag professionals you might not get to interact with otherwise.”

When King ran for the board, he was 28 years old and wanted to get involved in an ag leadership role. Helping to select MaxYield’s successor to general manager Joe Anniss was one of the first jobs King undertook as a new board member. While the process was challenging, due to the many exceptional candidates who applied, King is confident that MaxYield’s board made the right choice by hiring Keith Heim as CEO. “I have a lot of faith in Keith, and his management abilities are top-notch.”

King’s age is one of the factors that has made him an asset to the board, Heim noted. “It’s invaluable to have this younger perspective. The diversity in age of MaxYield’s board members leads to different viewpoints, which give us a clearer picture of what issues are important to our clients.”

Board service provides many benefits

Serving on the board offers many other benefits, added King, who cited:

Steve King, MaxYield CooperativeNew insights. Board members get to learn about some of the latest ag technology and can bounce ideas off of a wide range of industry professionals.

Inspiration. Board retreats offer a unique opportunity to focus on big-picture issues in agriculture and evaluate strategic plans to guide MaxYield. “I’m glad these retreats are held away from Iowa, because you’re free to focus on the task at hand, instead of being distracted by what needs to be done at home,” said King, who participated in board meetings in Tampa, Denver, Minneapolis, and Omaha.

Friendships. MaxYield is fortunate to have a strong board whose members work well together, said King, who values the friendships he made by serving on the board.

As he looks to the future, King is excited about the innovative technology that MaxYield offers clients, from variable-rate nitrogen to SciMax Solutions®. “These are strong parts of the business and offer more room to grow,” said King, who also appreciates MaxYield’s willingness to invest in its grain-handling systems.

Heim appreciates King’s years of service on the board. “I’d like to thank Steve on behalf of all of MaxYield’s team members, board members, and stockholders. MaxYield is better off because of Steve’s contributions.”

Editor’s note: Steve and his wife, Mandi, have two sons, Owen, 9, and Liam, 4. Steve recently hired a full-time employee, John Henely, to assist with his row-crop operation.


Annual “Hunting with Heroes” brings 400+ to banquet: Part II

Part II

Hunting with Heroes, Lakota IA

Lance Corporal Carl Pope Jr. during the hunt on Saturday Nov. 10

The hunt

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning November, 10), Pope, Keiser, Barber and Brodt were escorted to the Lakota Community Center, where a homemade breakfast – and all of their donated gear – was ready for them. The next stop was the new trap shooting range at the Florence Recreation area near Thompson, where the men – all experienced shooters – discovered how different an over-under shotgun was from their military rifle.

It was then a road trip to areas that had been protected from hunting during the pheasant opener for just this occasion.

The banquet

Following a second, much colder day of hunting, the Marines, sponsors and area veterans were honored with a banquet at the Lakota Eagle Center on Sunday, Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day.

Mick Zimmerman with the Whittemore Legion Riders brought nearly 20 Legion Riders to hold a flag line for the Marines.

Hunting with Heroes, Lakota IA

Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Brodt addresses the banquet attendees November 11th. Sgt. Joshua Barber looks on.

“They are what America is,” said Zimmerman. “Its old cliché, but only two people will ever lay down their life for you. These guys were willing to sign a blank check to serve their country. Fortunately not a lot of those checks are cashed.”

Nearly 400 people attended the event.

“It is hard to believe it has been a year. This started as a small idea of what rural Iowa could offer and it has turned into much more than that,” said Jason Becker, one of the event organizers. “There has been so much support.”

Hunting with Heroes is a non-profit organization. For more information on how to get involved in next year’s hunt, contact Jason Becker at 860-882-4704 or email becker_jason@cat.com.


MaxYield Cooperative is a proud supporter of this event. In 2012 we provided alfalfa and crop protection products for the hunting grounds plus financial support.

Photos and story courtesy of Mindy Baker, Algona Upper Des Moines





Annual “Hunting with Heroes” brings 400+ to banquet: Part I

Hunting with Heroes Lakota, IA

L to R: Bernie Becker, Sgt. Joshua Barber, Lance Corporal Carl Pope Jr., Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Brodt, Staff Sgt. Justin Keiser, and Jason Becker.

From the moment Lance Corporal Carl Pope Jr., Sergeant Joshua Barber, Staff Sergeant Justin Keiser, and Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Brodt stepped off the airplane at Des Moines International Airport on Friday, Nov. 9, they were treated to Iowan hospitality second to none.

“All of us have trouble with crowds. As we came down the escalator (at the Des Moines International Airport) it was awesome, but at the same time, overwhelming – overwhelming in a good way, but still overwhelming,” said Keiser.

The Maries are members of the Wounded Warrior Battalion (East) of Camp Lejeune, N.C., and were in Iowa to participate in Lakota’s second annual Hunting with Heroes event from Friday to Monday, Nov. 12.

The celebration began as the four entered the airport; more than 20 Patriot Guard Riders provided an aisle of flags for the Marines. Riders came from all over Iowa in response to an email requesting the honor guard.

The Marines were welcomed by a contingent of Marines from the Des Moines unit. Also honoring the men was Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds. Both Brandstad and Reynolds stayed for the celebration of the Marine Corps 237th birthday.

Hunting with Heroes is the brainchild of Bernie and Jason Becker. With the support of area businesses, community leaders and organizations, the Beckers were able to honor four Marines in 2011, bringing them from Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Lakota, where they spent the weekend hunting.

Hunting with Heroes Lakota, IA

The four Marines participating in the Hunting with Heroes event were greeted at the Des Moines International Airport by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (left) and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

“As long as there are wounded Marines who want to hunt, and as long as the community continues to support this, I can’t imagine not doing this,” said Jason.

From donated trucks for transport and homes for the Marines to stay in to a complete hunting wardrobe and brand new shotgun to keep, the list of people and businesses supporting the event is enormous, culminating with a banquet honoring veterans both past and present on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Part II of the story will be posted Tuesday, November 20th.


MaxYield Cooperative is a proud supporter of the Hunting with Heroes event. In 2012 we provided alfalfa and crop protection products for the hunting grounds plus financial support for the event.

Photos and story courtesy of Mindy Baker, Algona Upper Des Moines


Name that tractor…

Mike White 8N Ford tractorAhh, the old “John Deere in the Mason jar” trick.

This northwest Iowa tractor pokes a little fun at its green colored brethren.

Any guesses on the make and model of the tractor keeping the John Deere captive?

To see this beautifully restored tractor, hand-painted pin stripes and all, check out MaxYield’s annual “Collectors Calendar”.

Its available at any MaxYield location.




Now available: Collectors Calendar – Limited Edition 2013

Paul FlahartyTo say Langdon, Iowa’s Paul Flaharty has a passion for Massey-Harris tractors is an understatement. Today his collection includes 15 Massey-Harris tractors and 19 tractors in total.

His interest was piqued when his father brought home a 1949 Massey-Harris 44-Six. Paul was the first one to drive it.

The pride of his fleet and the first tractor he restored in 2006 is that original 44-Six his father bought new.

MaxYield Cooperative is excited to have available our third annual “Collectors Calendar”. The calendar features unique tractors, iron and their unique stories from across northern Iowa.

This limited edition calendar is available at any MaxYield location.

Pick yours up today…and see photos of Flaharty’s nicely restored M-H 44-Six and learn his story of a lifetime dedicated to agriculture.


MaxYield Algona hosts Bishop Garrigan students

We were excited to get this photo sent to us, from Beanie Bode, who brought his Science Within The Community class to MaxYield’s Algona location recently.

The class at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona is learning about the basics of nutrient absorption. Using materials from Bode’s previous agronomy class at Iowa State University, literature from MicroEssentials and their trip to our agronomy facility, the students got a real-world look at science in action.

On their way back to school, we made sure they were well stocked with MaxYield hats. The hats were more probably more popular with the students than with their instructors when they got back, however.

Thank you to Mr. Bode and his students for stopping by. We look forward future interaction, including introducing them to the “R7” seed placement tool.


Marines arrive in Lakota Nov. 9th for Hunting with Heroes

MaxYield Cooperative is a proud supporter of the Hunting With Heroes annual event. More photos and stories from the event will be coming soon…


Marines arrived on Friday, Nov. 9, in Des Moines for the second annual Hunting with Heroes event in Lakota last weekend.

There to greet them at the airport, were members of the Iowa Patriot Riders. The group was also welcomed to the state by Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Des Moines area veterans. In addition to the welcome, the Governor will join Marines from Des Moines in the tradition of celebrating the birthday of the United States Marine Corps at the airport.

Following the birthday celebration, the Marines traveled in style to Lakota for the weekend’s festivities.

Hunting took place on Saturday, Nov. 10, for the area veterans on non-hunted ground in Lakota.

The event concluded Sunday Evening with the Veteran’s Day Appreciation Banquet held at the Eagle Center in Lakota.

The banquet included a fully catered meal, a presentation by organizers, and the sharing of stories by the Marines in attendance. Local vocalist Morgan Kahler provided musical entertainment during the dining portion of the event in addition to singing the national anthem.

Pick up a copy of the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper for full coverage on the Hunting with Heroes event.

(This article first appeared on the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper website).