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Archives for March 2014

MaxYield Receives Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree

MaxYield Hawkeye FFAMaxYield Cooperative recently received the West Bend-Mallard High School’s Hawkeye FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree. The award was presented during the chapter’s member/parent banquet held March 24th.

Chapter president Jack Fehr presented the award to Chris Montag, who accepted the award on behalf of MaxYield.

Hawkeye FFA advisor Anita Fisher stated, “The award is given to individuals or businesses that go above and beyond in helping the ag program and our FFA chapter.”

Fisher said MaxYield has supported the FFA chapter in many ways. “Over the years they have helped with our soybean test plot, supported our team member service auction and have helped sponsor the Robert H. Cast Leadership award.”

“MaxYield this year has lent a hand with our “Farmer Fred” program for preschool children and have presented a variety of topics in our classroom,” she went to say.

The cooperative annually supports 4-H clubs and FFA chapters in seven Iowa counties.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned ag cooperative that is headquartered in West Bend, IA. More information about the cooperative can be found at www.MaxYieldCoop.com or www.FromTheField.com.


Grain bin resuce equipment purchased

MaxYield Cooperative presented the Britt Fire Department with $500 for purchase of grain bin rescue equipment.  Land O'Lakes Foundation provided $500 in matching funds for the project.  Shown are Jon Swenson and Eric Marchand.
MaxYield Cooperative presented the Britt Fire Department with $500 for purchase of grain bin rescue equipment.Land O’Lakes Foundation provided $500 in matching funds for the project.Shown are Jon Swenson and Eric Marchand.










Is soybean seed size an issue?

20130423_agriculture_063 cmopQuestions arise annually regarding the effects of soybean seed size. Keep the importance of seed size in perspective when selecting bean varieties. Yield potential, disease tolerances, and agronomics should be the most important selection criteria.

Seed size: Cause and effect

Soybean seed size is influenced by genetics, but the environment during seed fill can be a major factor. Small and large seeds of the same variety have the same genetic material and therefore, the same yield potential. In most conditions, size doesn’t affect emergence or yield potential.

  • In adverse conditions that delay emergence (cool soil temps. or excessive planting depths); large seed may be able to survive a longer time prior to emergence due to having a larger energy reserve. Planting beans 1” – 1.5” deep into soils that will consistently be warmer than 60 degrees F, can be beneficial. When planting smaller soybean seed, you should consider planting closer to 1” deep, if field conditions and soil moisture allow. Regardless of seed size, it is not recommended to plant less than 1” deep. Small seed requires less energy to emerge from the soil, due to the size of cotyledons being relative to seed size.
  • Smaller seeds require less moisture for emergence and in limited moisture situations this may be an advantage.

Importance of Variety Selection

Soybean variety selection is a critical part of maximizing yield potential. Some key selection properties to consider in order of importance include varietal yield potential, disease tolerance, relative maturity (RM), plant height, and standability.

  • Yield Potential: variety should have high yield potential across multiple conditions in your region
  • Disease Tolerance: diseases such as cyst nematode (SCN), brown stem rot (BSR), sudden death (SDS), & late season phytophthora do not have rescue options and are best managed by variety selection.
  • Relative Maturity: to reduce the risk of potential weather during pod fill, and help maximize yield potential with fuller season varieties, a range of RM can be selected.
  • Plant Height and Standability: fields with high fertility, short or medium plant height with good standability can help reduce lodging concerns. While in less fertile soils, taller plants often set pods higher, which allows for greater harvest efficiency.

In Summary

Soybean seed size will vary in variety and years, based on genetics and weather during pod fill.  Variety selection should be based on yield potential and agronomic characteristics, not seed size.

Soybean seed may be smaller than normal for this planting season, but this should not hide the importance of selecting varieties based on performance when it comes to making soybean variety purchasing decisions.

Always consult your agronomy specialist regarding seed selection for your operation.


Save time by re-grid sampling in the spring

SciMax Solutions grid sampleSpring is the perfect time to have your fields grid sampled. Grid sampling in the spring allows all summer to plan for fertilizer for next year’s crop, and is one less thing to worry about during harvest.

SciMax Solutions began our own grid soil sampling service last fall.

You can take your soil sample data and yield data to the next level. SciMax makes fertilizer recommendations using actual yield data for crop removal; soils sample test values, and management zones used for prescription planting.

In addition to yield and soil test values, learning blocks are used, just like we use for planting, to measure the most economic return for your investment.

Many of you have heard a lot about SciMax Nitrogen. Our scientific approach to nitrogen management has proven itself over the past six years.

Clients have reduced nitrogen rates by 25-30 lbs. while maintaining, if not increasing yields. All soil samples are taken by SciMax is conducted with the SciMax Nitrogen protocol.

To learn more about SciMax Nitrogen, contact your agronomy specialist or SciMax Solutions today.


MaxYield Helps Hancock County Ag Museum

Britt ag museum donation 2014 compMaxYield Cooperative® recently presented a check totaling $500 to the Hancock County Ag Museum, located on the fairgrounds in Britt. The funds will be used to help complete additional exhibit space and construction of a general store and blacksmith shop inside the museum.

Land O’Lakes Foundation also contributed $500 in matching funds to the project. They annually provide matching funds to projects in communities in which they or their member cooperative’s serve. They are found online at www.landolakesinc.com.

MaxYield is a local member-owned agricultural cooperative with locations in 18 Iowa communities and one in Riga, MI. They are headquartered in West Bend, IA. More information about the cooperative is available at www.MaxYieldCoop.com or www.FromTheField.com.


2014 SciMax Solutions High Yield Advantage Contest

Do you have what it takes to compete with the National Corn High Yield Growers?

With our High Yield Advantage contest, you can compete against your SciMax Solutions Learning Group peers.

This spring, SciMax Learning Group members can enroll a 10 acre or more plot of one hybrid for our high yield contest. These plots will be taken to harvest where SciMax Solutions Specialists will help measure yield.

Three maturity ranges will be used for the contest:

96-101 day hybrids

102-105 day hybrids

106-112 day hybrids

Within each maturity range, the top three highest yields will be awarded.

1st place: $5000

2nd place: 8 bags of SmartStax hybrid seed corn

3rd place: 4 bags of SmartStax hybrid seed corn

Contact your SciMax Solutions Specialist or Seed Solutions Specialist today to sign up or to learn more.

High Yield contest territory will be Interstate 35 to IA Hwy 71 and IA Hwy 9 to Hwy 3.

Good luck!


New Seed Treater Offers You More Value

20140129_maxyield_289 compWhile MaxYield Cooperative has used reliable seed treaters for a number of years, it’s time to upgrade. This year we’ll be using new seed treaters at our West Bend, Spencer, and Garner locations.

Why are we excited about these high-tech seed treaters? Just ask Matt Keel, seed solutions specialist for MaxYield’s East Area. “Fast, gentle, and accurate are the best ways to describe these seed treaters, which can process up to 2,000 bushels per hour.”

Keel also noted that the efficient, automated seed treaters:

• Make it quick and easy to apply the correct amount of seed treatment, according to labeled rates.

• Are fully enclosed, which eliminates a lot of dust and means less exposure for both the operator and the environment. “Our team members no longer have to mix the slurry by hand, so there’s no red dye staining their hands,” Keel said. “Also, the fully enclosed system means less dust.”

• Print off a data sheet after each batch, listing every treatment that was applied to the seed.

“Technology changes fast in the seed business today,” Keel said. “MaxYield is pleased to invest in new seed treaters that will provide the highest-quality results for our clients.”


Seed Treatments Pay Off for Local Growers

MaxYield Seed treatment

Matt Keel, seed solutions specialist for MaxYield’s east area, works with one of the new seed treaters.

It’s no secret that the yield-robbing soybean cyst nematode (SCN) tends to thrive in high pH areas. There are a lot of high pH areas in MaxYield Cooperative’s trade territory, especially east of Highway 71. There’s a new solution to this challenge, though.

“We’ve been adding nematicide in the form of VOTiVO® seed treatment to control SCN in the past several years,” said Kurt Metzger, a MaxYield seed solutions specialist. “As a result, we’ve been seeing less SCN damage, especially in the high pH areas.”

A seed treatment of VOTiVO with Poncho® fungicide protects young plants during the critical early development stages, leading to healthier root development and a more vigorous, uniform crop. The treatment is absorbed by new roots immediately, before pests like early-season aphids, overwintering bean leaf beetles, and other pests can strike.

“All it takes is less than a half-bushel of yield to pay for the VOTiVO investment, and this payoff has occurred in nearly 74% of field trials,” said Metzger. VOTiVO typically adds at least a 1.5-bushel yield bump, compared to a seed treatment with insecticide only. A combination of VOTiVO and an insecticide often leads to a yield bump of two bushels or more, Metzger added.

Protect your seed investment

Poncho/VOTiVO employs a biological mode of action with a unique bacteria strain that lives and grows with young roots, creating a living barrier that keeps SCN from reaching the root. Poncho/VOTiVO complements soybean seed with genetic resistance to SCN, making it an ideal partner for any integrated pest management (IPM) program.

MaxYield Seed treatmentThe right combination of seed treatments (which can include an insecticide, fungicide, and/or nematicide) for your acres can pay off in more ways than one, Metzger said. “We talk about investing $13 to $15 an acre on seed treatment, which often creates a 3- to 4-bushel yield bump. At $12 beans, that’s a two-to-one return.”

John Weiskircher knows the value of seed treatments. “I’ve been using seed treatments for years,” said Weiskircher, who farms in the Spencer/Fostoria area. “They help get the crop off to a good start and protect against diseases.”

After excessive rains drowned out some parts of his field in the spring of 2013, Weiskircher used seed treatments on the soybeans in his replant acres. He appreciates MaxYield’s expertise when it comes to keeping up with new products and choosing the best seed treatments for his needs. “This stuff changes so fast, and I rely on Kurt to help me.”

Metzger encourages you to try Poncho/VOTiVO on a trial basis to see how it works on some of your acres. He also encourages you to work with your local MaxYield seed solutions specialist to select the right seed treatments for your farm’s unique needs.

“I’m not worried about a seed treatment’s return on investment on the day you plant, Metzger said. “It tends to pay off around late May/early June, when extreme weather can go from cool and wet to hot and dry in the span of a few days or weeks. Seed treatments protect your seed investment against these extremes, especially wet conditions, to help maximize the bushels you’ll harvest this fall.”

Grain Highlights: Top Stories of the Day

By Dow Jones Business News, March 12, 2014


Growers Selling Soy, Corn Ahead of Planting Season

U.S. growers who have held soybeans and corn since the harvest are opening their bins and selling crops to help pay for land rent, fertilizer and seed ahead of spring planting, making more supplies available to processors and exporters, said Karl Setzer, a market analyst for MaxYield Cooperative, a risk-management firm in West Bend, Iowa. Many farmers will empty and clean bins that have been full since the fall to make room and prevent spoilage, he said. “We tend to see a warm-up in temperatures, and grain needs to be moved to prevent any damage,” Mr. Setzer said.


Fertilizer Faces Slow Path to Customers, Mosaic Says….to read the rest of the article, click here.


Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/grain-highlights-top-stories-of-the-day-20140312-01089#ixzz2vqYFtx3d


Teach Your Planter to Dance

20100419_maxyield_206 compWhile there’s a lot to manage at planting time, it’s important not to overlook the basics of finding the right down pressure and closing the slot around the seed.

“You want to ‘teach the planter to dance,’” said Ken Ferrie, a field agronomist who is widely known through Farm Journal’s Corn College.

How much down pressure? It depends on soil conditions, the speed of the planter, and other factors, said Ferrie, who spoke during a SciMax Solutions Learning Group Seminar on Feb. 7.

First, look for a uniform footprint from one end of the field to the other. This helps ensure a uniform depth of seed placement. “Over-applying down pressure happens way more often in conventional tillage than in no-till,” Ferrie noted.

If you apply 400 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure when 100 PSI will do, for example, it will change the way corn emerges from the soil. Early in the season, Ferrie has seen corn in test strips with 100 PSI stand 5 inches taller, compared to corn planted in test strips with 400 PSI. “It’s important to find the sweet spot with PSI,” Ferrie said.

Tuck the seed into the seedbed

The focus should be on maintaining good seed-to-soil contact. You don’t want an air pocket above the seed or a seam above the seed. You also don’t want dry soil flowing down into the area around the seed, because you don’t want the seed to dry out.

“Creating a good micro-environment around the seed and avoiding compaction are the keys to influencing how water moves to the seed and how the roots grow,” said Ferrie, who added that too much down pressure also hinders proper microbial action in the soil.

That being said, it’s still better to err on the side of too much pressure, he added. “If you don’t have enough pressure, the planting unit can come out of the ground. Uneven planting depth is worse than having some sidewall smearing.”

There are a number of options available to help manage down pressure, including Precision Planting’s AirForce® system, which provides automatic down force control for about $250 to $500 per row. Precision Planting’s DeltaForceTM down force control system delivers row-by-row, hydraulic control for about $1,300 per row, Ferrie said.

Planter speed also plays a big part in teaching your planter to dance and achieving the correct down pressure. “While the job of the row unit is to stay in the ground, row units are like water skis,” Ferrie said. “The faster you pull them, the more they want to come up out of the soil.”

It’s a good idea to slow down, so you can back the pressure down, Ferrie added. This will help prevent dry soil from infiltrating the area around the seed and will help get your crop off to a strong start.

Learn more from SciMax

Do you find information like this useful? SciMax provides the latest precision ag expertise to help local growers maximize their crop’s potential. To get involved, contact your nearest MaxYield Cooperative location or go to www.SciMax.com.