January 25, 2021

Archives for January 2013

Sneek Peek: 2014 Antique Tractor Calendar

20130115_maxyield_116 compThis Allis-Chalmers model D-10 resides in the Heartland Museum located in Clarion, IA.

The unique history of this tractor, owned by collector Larry Maasdam, will be told in MaxYield’s 2014 limited edition collectors calendar.

The D-10 resides in one of the featured display areas inside the ag hall at the museum.

The Heartland Museum was established to tell the story of agriculture in North Central Iowa, to preserve some local collections that might otherwise disappear, and to celebrate small towns that make rural Iowa a treasure.

In the Ag Hall, you will find a century of agricultural machinery along with an extensive collection of horse drawn equipment and over 2,000 collectable scale models.

Other attractions include over 500 hats in the Hat Parlor dedicated to Iowa’s Hat Lady, Alvina Sellers and the Artist Teddy Bear Exhibit with Artist Bears from across the nation and around the world.

More information about the museum is available at www.heartlandmuseum.org.


Welcome back: Eric Goodman returns to SciMax Solutions

Eric Goodman - SciMax SolutionsEric Goodman first joined SciMax Solutions in the spring of 2008 as an intern while he was finishing his degree in ag business from Hawkeye Community College. After graduation, the Whittemore native worked full-time for SciMax until September of 2010. He then accepted a job working full-time for a farmer in northern Iowa and also farmed some of his own acres.

During his time away, he missed interacting with growers and using the latest innovations in agriculture. When he had the chance to rejoin SciMax in 2013, he took the opportunity.

Eric says that his time away helped him better understand the farmers side of the business and looks forward to providing practical, hands-on solutions for clients of SciMax.

Eric serves as the fire chief and as an emergency medical technician in Whittemore. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his niece and two nephews. A long-time baseball fan, Eric also likes to visit different baseball parks across the country.

Cell: 515-320-0404, Email: egoodman@SciMaxSolutions.com

MaxYield Stores Claim the Circle of Pride

20120629_maxyield_303 compWhen you stop by any convenience store, you expect a clean facility with friendly, helpful staff.

That’s what you’ll find at MaxYield’s C-stores, which consistently earn the Circle of Pride award from Cenex.

A mystery shopper stops by each store twice a year to conduct a Red Inspection, which outlines specific quality standards.

We’re proud that our local C-stores qualify for the Circle of Pride, and we appreciate your business.

You can reach our Cenex stores at:

Fostoria Cenex C-store: 712-262-0138

West Bend Cenex C-store: 515-887-7261

Whittemore Cenex C-store: 515-884-2768


Meet Megan Phelan, Agronomy Specialist

Megan Phelan-Greg Sweeney

Megan Phelan, left, recently started her Agronomy Specialist career at MaxYield. She looks forward to learning more about ag from mentors like Greg Sweeney.

Megan is the newest member of our agronomy specialist team, graduating from Iowa State University in December 2012. Not one to shy away from hard work; she earned degrees in Agronomy and International Agriculture. She has also developed a diverse understanding of ag across the world, completing study abroad trips to Ghana, China and Brazil.

When determining her career options, she liked MaxYield’s innovative approach to agriculture. She also appreciated how the MaxYield team works together to ensure that our clients have access to the best technologies on the market.

Megan looks forward to building relationships with our growers and being challenged to incorporate new solutions to achieve better results in the field.

Away from work, she enjoys gardening when she has time. Megan is also an avid follower of the Iowa State University football and basketball teams.

Welcome aboard, Megan!

Convenience Close to Home: West Bend C-store connects with the community

West Bend CenexCaring starts with quality at West Bend’s Cenex C-store, which has become known as the source for the highest-quality, most affordable pizza in town. This isn’t your typical gas station fare, either.

“You won’t find dried-out old pizza here,” said Noel Keener, assistant manager, who noted that the store recently expanded its hours. “We want to make you rethink convenience store food.”

From made-to-order submarine sandwiches to fresh Picadilly Pizza, the West Bend C-store offers something for everyone. Some customers stop by for the lunchtime pizza buffet every Wednesday, while others opt for the $5 12-inch sub sandwiches, which have proven popular.

“We try to offer competitive prices and provide a clean, friendly environment,” said Keener, who added that the store’s team members are always looking for new ways to connect with the community.

They supply the Picadilly Pizza that’s sold at the local school football games. They also evaluate special offers, like a free slice of pizza for anyone who buys a fountain pop and wears a West Bend-Mallard uniform or school colors in the store.

Cenex West BendIn addition, the C-store handles special orders for local churches and other organizations, said Keener, who noted that one of the largest orders included 30 pizzas in one night for one customer. The store’s pizza lunch buffet offers excellent training for jobs like this, added Keener, who noted that the team served 20 pizzas in two hours during a recent buffet. While classics like pepperoni and meat lovers pizza are always well received, customers have also been receptive to new flavors like chicken alfredo.

“I have a lot of freedom to try new things, so it’s fun to experiment with new products and special offers,” said Keener, whose customers include regulars stopping by on their way to work when the store opens at 6 a.m., the morning coffee crowd who fill the store’s four booths, and construction workers passing through town. “Everything we do is focused on connecting with our customers and giving back to the community.”


Convenience Close to Home: Fostoria C-store fits the grab-and-go lifestyle

Fostoria CenexIn Fostoria, the local C-store has been a hub of the community since the business opened in 1995. “People call this the ‘mini mall’ of Fostoria, just off the ‘mixmaster’ known as Highway 71,” said Nancy Beck, store manager.

With a 50/50 mix of locals and highway traffic, the Fostoria C-store serves a wide range of folks, including the coffee crowd that starts arriving around 5:30 a.m. “I’m a morning person, and I like the different people I get to meet each day,” said Beck, who noted that the store is also a popular meeting place for snowmobile riders who use the trails in the area.

Whether it’s a cold winter day or a hot summer afternoon, customers can find a hearty meal at the C-store to satisfy their appetite. Last spring and summer, the C-store team cooked quarter-pound hot dogs and ribeye sandwiches on an outdoor gas grill every Monday and Friday, which was a big hit. In the colder months, chili and other soups sell well. The store’s noon specials, including tacos in a bag on Tuesdays and sloppy joe sandwiches on Wednesdays, are perennially popular.

“I have a lot of flexibility to try offering new foods and specials, and I listen to what people want,” said Beck, who stated that sausage gravy and biscuits are always a top seller.

Staying in touch with changing times is important, added Beck, who has worked at the C-store since it opened. “People are a lot more cost conscious today, whether they are buying a bottle of pop or a tank of gas. We try to give them more for their money with our meal specials and other deals, like the Okoboji saver card, where we take a nickel off each gallon of fuel, up to 20 gallons.”

Some things never change, however. “Friendliness, cleanliness, and fair prices are the keys to staying competitive in this business,” said Beck, whose 10-person crew includes one other full-time team member, along with eight part-time team members. “You’ve got to care.”


Convenience Close to Home: MaxYield’s C-stores Connect the Community

Whittemore CenexConvenience stores (C-stores) have become a fixture of modern life, but not all C-stores are created equal. Did you know that the Cenex C-stores in Whittemore, Fostoria, and West Bend are all operated by MaxYield Cooperative, meaning they are owned by the people who live in our communities?

“We want to be a big part of the communities we serve,” said Chad Besch, MaxYield’s energy team leader. “Each of our C-stores caters to the unique needs of the local community.”

Whittemore C-store is like a home away from home

For Beth Buscherfeld, managing the Whittemore C-store is like keeping house. “You stay busy with cooking, cleaning, and organizing,” noted Buscherfeld, a manager who has worked at the store since it opened in 1994. “Sometimes when lots of people stop by, there’s not a chair available in the whole place.”

Plenty of people in town start their day with their morning coffee from the Whittemore C-store and end it with a pizza at night. Buscherfeld and her crew are ready for the early birds, since the team comes in an hour and a half before the store officially opens (at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sundays) to put on a pot of coffee, prepare breakfast pizzas, and get ready for another busy day.

Cenex WhittemoreThe C-store has become a popular meeting place for retired farmers and other members of Whittemore’s informal coffee crowd who stop by each day. “We have a couple of different groups, including a few in the morning and one in the afternoon,” said Buscherfeld, who noted that the crowd sometimes grows to 25 people at a time.

The group often includes Denny and Roseanne Weber of Whittemore, who go to the C-store for coffee several days a week around 10 a.m.  “It’s a nice place to visit with your friends,” said Rosanne, who added that just about everyone in town knows Buscherfeld, Mary Jo Meyer, Carol Opheim, and the other team members at the C-store. “We talk about everything from our grandkids to the weather.”

Customers also like the daily specials and monthly pizza specials—along with the ever-popular fried chicken gizzards—that the C-store offers year-round. They know they can count on a large pizza for a medium pizza price each Thursday, and they can order a breakfast pizza for dinner, if they like. If customers crave soft ice cream, they can choose from eight different Flavor Burst® options, ranging from butter pecan to “blue goo,” which tastes like cotton candy and is a big hit with kids.

“We’ve got something for all ages here, from the kids who ride over on their bikes for ice cream or a candy bar to the farmers who pop in to grab a sandwich,” Buscherfeld said.

Extreme Dertien: 5 Things You May Not Know About Mike Dertien

Mike DertienTo say that Mike Dertien lives life full speed ahead would be a colossal understatement. It’s easy to see the fire in his eyes, whether he’s working as MaxYield Cooperative’s Fostoria location leader or waiting for the gate to drop at a motocross race.

Here are five things you might not know about this fearless risk taker, who has been honored as a member of MaxYield’s All-Star Team:

  1. Racing is an addiction and therapy for Mike. When Mike was growing up near Platte, SD, he always wanted to race motocross. He got his chance when he was 31—an age when many guys quit the sport. At competitions in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota, Mike often races at four classes a day, including the lights class, open class, age 30+ class, and age 40+ class (which includes four laps and takes about eight minutes to complete). “Next year I could do five classes, because I could do the 50+ class,” said Mike, who will turn 50 soon. While Mike’s wife, Darla, calls racing his addiction, Mike describes it as therapy. “It’s just you and your bike, and you block out everything else,” said Mike, whose intense focus at the starting gate often helps him secure the all-important first-place start.
  2. Like father, like son. Mike’s oldest son, Thomey (who is named after a fellow racer), is a state champion motocross competitor who rode the pro class until two years ago. Between Mike and Thomey, the pair has won more than 400 trophies. Mike’s 11-year-old son, Levi, also races. When the April-through-October racing season ends, the Dertiens head to New Richmond, WI, to the Sandbox, an indoor motocross arena. “When people hear that we race on Saturday and go snowboarding on Sunday, they say we’re one extreme family,” said Mike, who owns a practice bike, a 250-cubic-centimeter (cc) bike, and a 450-cc bike. “My wife always says she doesn’t have a husband and three kids—she has four kids. I’m a very lucky man to have a wife who understands my need for speed and my passion for motocross.”
  3. Risk-taking extends to Mike’s ag career. When Mike and Darla were first married, they purchased a 160-acre farm in South Dakota, rented another 320 acres, farrowed 100 sows, and had 25 cows. Mike later managed a $30 million ranch for a gentleman from Michigan. One weekend seven years ago, when Mike and his family came to the Iowa Great Lakes to visit Mike’s uncle, Mike Dertienan unexpected opportunity to sell the farm in South Dakota arose. The time seemed right to make a change, so Mike closed the deal and purchased a home in Milford. “When I went to work Monday morning back in South Dakota, I told the guys, ‘You aren’t going to believe what I did this weekend!’ I guess that move proves my risk-taker personality.” After finding work at a feed mill in Ruthven, Mike later landed a job with MaxYield in Fostoria, where he has worked for the past six years.
  4. Staying in shape keeps Mike competitive. After surviving first-turn crashes, 25 broken bones, two plates, and 20 screws, Mike said he’s figured out how to stay healthy. “The biggest thing that will keep you safe in motocross is staying in shape,” said Mike, who also served in the National Guard for 11 years. While he enjoys bike riding and walking with his wife, Mike’s non-traditional exercise routine includes sprints to the top of the tower at the Fostoria grain elevator complex six times a day. It takes three minutes and five seconds to go up and down the staircase once, said Mike, who can do six repetitions back to back. “I still feel like I’m 20,” added Mike, who weighs himself daily and strives to eat a healthy diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
  5. Mike remains focused on the future. Mike looks forward to racing someday with his grandson, Bentley, who is two years old. When Mike is not busy with motocross, he enjoys taking the family for rides in his speed boat at Okoboji and spending time with Levi at Arnolds Park. He also appreciates the chance to pursue his ag career at MaxYield. “Agriculture is what I know, and MaxYield has given me some very good opportunities in the last six years. I really enjoy working with our clients and other MaxYield team members.”

            Editor’s note: Mike and his wife, Darla, have three children, including Thomey, 23; Brooklyn, 20; and Levi, 11. This year’s early harvest allowed Mike to take a day off from work on October 10, so he could spend his 25th wedding anniversary with Darla and give her a new diamond ring.

Belmond Hub Fertilizer Facility discussed

More information about MaxYield’s seed and agronomy solutions can be found at www.MaxYieldSeed.com.



Board President Howard Haas dicusses shuttle train updates

At MaxYield’s annual meeting, board president Howard Haas updated the membership on expanding the cooperative’s shuttle train loading capacity to 110 cars.

You can hear his comments on the benefit to MaxYield and its members and clients in this short video clip.

More information about MaxYield’s grain markets is available at www.MaxYieldGrain.com.