January 25, 2021

Archives for December 2012

Three things you may not know about LibertyLink soybeans

Did You Know?

  • There is no known herbicide resistance to Liberty. Liberty is a non-selective herbicide that offers broad-spectrum weed control and can offer a valuable tool in the fight against herbicide resistance.
  • Proper coverage is the key. Bayer CropScience recommends 15 to 20 gallons of water per acre with the LibertyLink system. Unlike glyphosate, which will translocate to the root when applied to part of a weed, Liberty is a contact herbicide, meaning it will only kill what it comes in contact with. “That’s why you need to drench the weeds,” said Scott Gaskill, a field sales representative for Bayer CropScience.
  • Yield drag is not an issue with LibertyLink hybrids. “Farmers who grow LibertyLink soybeans report virtually no yield difference between LibertyLink varieties and other soybean varieties,” said Mark Grundmeier, a seed product manager with Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

MaxYield Seed offers top-yielding hybrids and varieties from three industry-leading companies. To learn more about the solutions that best fit your farm, contact your MaxYield Seed agronomy specialist today.


Hobarton Open House Scheduled

Its time to ring in the New Year!

You are invited to our New Year’s OPEN HOUSE at MaxYield’s Hobarton office. Please join us January 3rd and 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a cup of coffee, eat some tasty food and pick up your deferred grain payment check!

Its also your opportunity to get to know our new team of solutions providers at Hobarton.

Can’t make it in? Be sure to contact our Hobarton team anytime for your grain marketing solutions.

Annual Meeting CEO Report: MaxYield Balance Sheet – VIDEO


During Keith Heim’s report to the membership at the Annual Meeting, he discussed why the improvement and progress of MaxYield’s balance sheet has been a success story for the cooperative.



Business Scholarship Available from MaxYield

DOWNLOAD: Deanna Engstrom Memorial Scholarship application 2013


MaxYield Cooperative announced today that applications for their Deanna Engstrom Memorial Scholarship award are now available.

The local cooperative is offering one $1000 scholarship to a female part-time, full time or non-traditional student in pursuit of a business degree.

Applications are available from area high schools and colleges, and any MaxYield location. Deadline to apply for the scholarship award is April 1, 2013.

Deanna Engstrom worked for MaxYield Cooperative for more than 20 years before losing her battle with cancer in 2003. She was committed to lifelong learning and creating opportunities to advance her career. She was a graduate of Emmetsburg High School and held degrees from Iowa Lakes Community College, Buena Vista University and Briar Cliff College. She was also committed to helping women further their careers in business.

More information regarding the Deanna Engstrom Memorial Scholarship Award is available at any MaxYield location.


MaxYield Cooperative Announces $1000 Agriculture Scholarships

DOWNLOAD: Ag Scholarship application 2013 (PDF)


MaxYield Cooperative announced today details of their scholarship program for area college students and graduating high school seniors. MaxYield will once again offer up to five $1000 scholarships to students who are in pursuit of a degree in agriculture.

“The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage area youth to pursue and prepare for careers in agriculture. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for students pursuing higher education in the field of agriculture,” stated Chad Meyer, Client Relations Director for MaxYield.

Applications are available at area high schools, local community colleges, and any MaxYield Cooperative location. As a part of the application process, students must submit an essay entitled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Meyer continued, “Often, MaxYield is the largest employer in many of our communities. We feel we have an obligation to provide opportunities for our children to return to our local communities. This is one avenue by which we can support that goal.”

The deadline to apply is March 8, 2013.

MaxYield Cooperative serves nearly 2000 members in 18 communities, with about 150 employees. For additional information on the MaxYield scholarship program, contact any MaxYield location.


Matching Funds to North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom

North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom

(L to R) MaxYield’s Norma Krogman presents a matching funds contribution from Land O’Lakes Foundation to Leah Reinert and Lind Anderegg, program coordinators for North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation in support of North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom. This program educates children in six North Iowa counties about the importance of agriculture.

The contribution provided by Land O’Lakes Foundation matches an earlier contribution made by MaxYield to the organization.

North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom was formed in 1998, by the efforts of Farm Bureau organizations in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago and Worth counties. Kossuth County Farm Bureau became involved in 2008.

The program offers a variety of agriculture based programs and lessons to nearly 7,000 students in more than 20 school districts. More information about the curriculum can be found at www.agintheclassroom.org.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer owned agricultural cooperative that has 18 locations in Iowa and one in Riga, Michigan. They are headquartered in West Bend, Iowa and annually support programs that educate students and youth about agriculture. More information about the cooperative can be found online at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com.


More Funds to Hancock County Fair Building Project

Hancock County Fair

MaxYield’s Max Kalkwarf, presents Hancock County Fair board president Randy Hiscocks with a contribution from Land O’Lakes Foundation.

The Hancock County Ag Society was the recent recipient of a contribution from Land O’Lakes Foundation. The funds matched an earlier contribution provided by MaxYield Cooperative.

The fair recently debuted a new three-season building that was erected on the fairgrounds. The 60’ x 140’ building will hold commercial exhibits during the annual county fair and will be available to rent for various events the rest of the year.

In addition to financially supporting the project, materials and supplies to construct the building were purchased from MaxYield’s Lumber & Supply store in Garner.

More information about the fair can be found at www.hancockcountyfair.com.

MaxYield Cooperative is a farmer-owned agricultural cooperative with Hancock County locations in Britt and Garner. To learn more about the cooperative, log on to: www.MaxYieldCooperative.com.






Annual Meeting CEO Report: Keith Heim talks financial results – VIDEO

MaxYield Cooperative recently concluded its 98th annual meeting. During his report to the membership, MaxYield CEO Keith Heim discussed the financial position of the company and factors that led to the third best local earnings year in company history.

To access more videos about the company, visit our channel on YouTube.

Drought pushes Mississippi River water levels to historic low – VIDEO


Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent for the Guardian, investigates critical water levels on the Mississippi.

The river is an important super highway, transporting more goods than any other road or rail system in the US.

Water levels have now reached a historic low, threatening jobs and industry that depend on the Mississippi to survive.

It also impacts the exportation of crops and the importation crop nutrients.

See firsthand the impact to agriculture in this video, originally posted to The Guardian.




LibertyLink® Soybeans Shine in 2012

MaxYield Coop Answer PlotWhen herbicide-resistant marestail and waterhemp began showing up in Wayne Koehler’s area two to three years ago, this Meservey-area farmer knew the LibertyLink® system could offer a viable solution.

“I’ve had good weed control in LibertyLink beans,” said Koehler, who began using LibertyLink system four years ago to grow seed beans. “I planted all LibertyLink beans this year, and they yielded just as well or better than other varieties in the area, which ranged from the mid-40s to 50 bushels per acre.”

Koehler’s success with LibertyLink hasn’t gone unnoticed, and some of the neighbors have also started switching to the LibertyLink system.

Take control of weed resistance issues

While LibertyLink is not a new technology, it has come to the forefront as herbicide-resistance issues have become more serious. LibertyLink can help manage the herbicide-resistant waterhemp, giant ragweed, and lambsquarters that are showing up in MaxYield’s trade territory, said Greg Sweeney, a MaxYield seed solutions specialist.

“Liberty herbicide does a good job of killing weeds,” said Sweeney, who noted that proper seed placement is important for success with LibertyLink varieties. “While other fields had major weed escapes in 2012, the LibertyLink fields in our area were extremely clean.”

Paying attention to details is the key to success with the LibertyLink system, added Koehler, who relies on Sweeney for seed solutions. “Some growers who tried Liberty in the past didn’t like it, but when you use the right sprayer nozzles and the right amount of water at the right pressure, you’ll have good results.”

Lessons from the South

These results are evident in the southern United States, where growers have been using both the LibertyLink and Roundup Ready® systems to manage herbicide resistance issues. “When some Iowa growers and I toured Mississippi and other areas of the South this summer, we saw how clean those fields were,” said Sweeney, who added that LibertyLink varieties yields are competitive with Roundup Ready varieties.

Southern growers have also adjusted their weed control systems to include more pre-emerge herbicides and no longer rely on just one chemistry or one mode of action, said Scott Gaskill, a Bayer CropScience field sales representative who works with MaxYield. In addition, these growers use full rates, rather than partial rates, of both pre-emerge and post-emerge herbicides.

“In the past, growers were using partial rates of glyphosate, because it controlled weeds and saved money. Over time, however, the weeds began to metabolize these reduced rates while continuing to grow. While glyphosate was dinging the weeds, it was no longer killing them.”

This is one reason why there’s a growing interest in LibertyLink among area farmers, said Mark Grundmeier, a seed product manager with Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, which offers a wide range of LibertyLink soybean varieties. “When farmers try the LibertyLink system for the first time, they are amazed at the level of herbicide performance they see and how clean their fields are.”

LibertyLink also offers an alternate method of weed control that will extend the useful life of glyphosate and Roundup Ready technology, Grundmeier noted. The importance of rotating crop protection products should be taken seriously, Koehler added.

“We shot ourselves in the foot by relying only on glyphosate. I’m glad we have options like LibertyLink. I’ve had no problems with this system and have been very satisfied with the results.”

LibertyLink varieties also perform well in high pH soils, which are common in MaxYield’s trade territory and can lead to iron chlorosis deficiency, said Sweeney, who encourages growers to try the LibertyLink system on one field. “We have enough options to put together a complete package for you in 2013.”

To learn more about how LibertyLink can fit your operation, contact your local MaxYield seed solutions specialist.