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Archives for April 2014

Whose name will go on this check?

IMCA SportMod NationalsOfficials with the Hancock County Speedway announced recently that MaxYield Seed has signed on as title sponsor of the annual IMCA SportMod Nationals held at the Britt, IA track. The event will be presented by Croplan, DeKalb/Asgrow and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

“We are pleased to have the support of MaxYield Seed and their partners for the SportMod Nationals. This event has a rich history, and we are pleased to have their support in making it a big event in 2014,” track promoter Joe Ringsdorf said.

The event in 2014 will pay $2500 to win with $4000 possible if the winner is a past winner of the event, has raced in Britt at least three times prior, and is a 2014 race winner. Second place is worth $1500, third $1200, fourth $1000 and fifth place pays $700. The driver finishing tenth earns $300.

Ringsdorf said the main event will be 30 laps in length with a 10 minute pit stop at halfway. The race will start 24 cars plus 4 sponsor provisionals.

The 2014 edition of the IMCA SportMod Nationals will take place Thursday, June 26th.

Past winners include Tim Donlinger – 2007, Nate Chodur – 2008, 2010, 2013, Adam Ackerman – 2009, Doug Smith – 2011, and Matt Lettow in 2012.

The 2009 event featured an event-high car count of 89 cars for the then $2000-to-win event.

More information about the Hancock County Speedway and MaxYield Seed can be found at www.hcspeedway.com and www.MaxYieldSeed.com.

Madeline Gould Receives Ag Scholarship

Madeline GouldMaxYield Cooperative announced today that Madeline Gould is the recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Robert and Kaelynn Gould of rural Spencer. She is a graduate of Spencer High School and is attending Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Studies and Speech Communications.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture.

MaxYield Cooperative is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in West Bend, IA. More information about the cooperative can be found at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com.




Pulling for FFA: Hawkeye FFA Alumni Support Local Ag Students

Hawkeye FFA West BendLike many people who grew up in the West Bend-Mallard area, Brian Bormann will never forget Robert Cast. A dedicated ag teacher, Cast helped countless FFA members enhance their skills in soil sampling and livestock judging, while sharing life lessons that have lasted long beyond high school.

“Bob Cast taught us about successful communication, team building, and leadership—skills that I use every day,” said Bormann, a board member with the Hawkeye FFA Alumni group, which supports West Bend-Mallard ag students. “People like Bob contributed a lot when I was in school, and it’s my turn now to support today’s ag students.”

That’s why Bormann is proud to work with 150 other Hawkeye FFA Alumni members to host an annual antique tractor ride, antique tractor pull, and other activities to raise money for the local FFA. Proceeds support college scholarships, sponsorship of the FFA leadership conference in Washington, D.C., and funding so members can attend the state FFA conference. The Hawkeye FFA Alumni, which is a member of FFA Alumni groups at the state and national levels, also pays for half of the cost of each West Bend-Mallard FFA member’s blue jacket.

“I appreciate their passion for agriculture and their dedication to FFA,” said Anita Fisher, a 1989 West Bend High School graduate who serves as the ag instructor and FFA advisor for West Bend-Mallard High School. “They are helping shape the next generation of ag leaders.”

Supporting FFA at 15 miles per hour
The Hawkeye FFA Alumni formed in the mid-1980s but has become more active in the past 10 years, said Wyan Metzger, treasurer. While many of the Alumni’s members are former FFA members, the group is open to anyone who wants to support FFA.

In 2006, the West Bend sesquicentennial prompted Metzger and his fellow Hawkeye FFA Alumni members to support some new fundraisers, including a tractor ride and tractor pull. Both events proved successful and will mark their ninth year in 2014.

About 80 to 100 people pay $25 to participate in the annual tractor ride, which is usually scheduled around the Fourth of July weekend. Riders start in West Bend around 8 a.m. and travel 50 to 60 miles around northern Iowa, stopping at various towns for snacks and lunch before concluding around 4 p.m. Riders have traveled to Emmetsburg, Algona, Humboldt, Gilmore City, Pocahontas, Fenton, Laurens, and other communities in a four-county area.

“We’re celebrating the ag lifestyle, enjoying the Iowa countryside at 15 miles per hour, and reconnecting with friends along the way,” said Bormann, who noted that all kinds of vintage tractors are welcome. “It’s also exciting to have more young people participating.”

Antique iron powers fundraising efforts

To support additional fundraising, Hawkeye FFA Alumni members host an antique tractor pull in West Bend in late June. A variety of classes are offered for pre-1971 tractors. Members collect sponsorship money, usually around $1,500 to $1,800 from area businesses, to hire the tractor pull sled and award prizes.

“We usually get about 30 tractors and around 90 to 100 hooks,” said Metzger, who noted that competitors come from Estherville to Corwith to Carroll. “These guys have tractor pulling in their blood.”

During the fall and winter, Hawkeye FFA Alumni members provide extra labor and donate homemade desserts for the West Bend-Mallard FFA’s annual chili and oyster supper fundraiser. In addition, members donate their time to drive ag students to area FFA competitions.

“These volunteers are awesome,” said Fisher, who served as the Emmet County naturalist for many years before joining the West Bend-Mallard High School faculty. “In these times of school budget cuts, their support becomes even more important to the future of ag education.”

The partnership between the Hawkeye FFA Alumni and local FFA chapter benefits the community as well. When the community received a grant to rebuild the Robert Cast Shelter House on the school grounds in West Bend two years ago, alumni members provided matching funds totaling $7,000 to support the project.

“The Hawkeye FFA Alumni group offers a great way to stay involved with FFA,” Metzger said. “We enjoy working together to help local students and supporting the future of agriculture.”


Jake Pringnitz Awarded Ag Scholarship

Jake PringnitzMaxYield Cooperative announced today that Jake Pringnitz is the recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Jesse and Angela Pringnitz of rural Garner. He will be a 2014 graduate of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School. Pringnitz plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College, majoring in Agri-Business.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture.

MaxYield Cooperative is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in West Bend, IA. More information about the cooperative can be found at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com.



Carly Main Earns Ag Scholarship

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Carly Main is the recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Ron and Amy Main of Buffalo Center. She will be a 2014 graduate of North Iowa High School. Main plans to attend Iowa Lake Community College, and entering the Veterinary Technician program.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture.

MaxYield Cooperative is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in West Bend, IA. More information about the cooperative can be found at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com.

Grain marketing opportunities may subside

By Gene Lucht, Iowa Farmer Today

That sound you’re hearing may just be the sound of the window slamming shut on spring marketing opportunities for grain.

Karl Setzer, grain market analyst for MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, says there are many reasons to be bearish when it comes to the corn and soybean markets in the next few months.

One is planting appears to be getting under way in the Midwest, and that removes one level of risk from the market. For those concerned about the slow pace of planting, he reminds them farmers planted most of last year’s crop in a week or two.

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Bring on the Grain: Mallard Location Prepares to Modernize

Jeff Marsh (left) and Walt Reichert go over plans to expand the grain facilities in Mallard.

Jeff Marsh (left) and Walt Reichert go over plans to expand the grain facilities in Mallard.

When you’re harvesting, you don’t want to be stuck in line at the elevator waiting to unload your grain. That’s why MaxYield Cooperative is investing in a multi-phase project to enhance the Mallard location’s grain handling systems and add more storage capacity.

“The speed at which we can receive grain at harvest is important to our clients,” said Walt Reichert, MaxYield’s West Area team leader. “Plus, our grain origination team has been successful at bringing in new business, and we want to provide the best service we can.”

MaxYield’s board of directors recently approved plans for a grain system upgrade at Mallard, which is one of MaxYield’s three largest grain receiving facilities and includes 110-car shuttle capabilities. Phase I, which will begin in the spring of 2014, will include the addition of a separate grain receiving area with a pit; a 20,000-bushel-per-hour receiving leg and conveyance system; and one 725,000-bushel bin.

A second 725,000-bushel bin will be added in Phase II, which may be considered in 2015. The Mallard expansion project will eventually become a four-bin site, Reichert said.

Progressive solutions focus on the future

Construction has begun on Phase I of the Mallard project.

Construction has begun on Phase I of the Mallard project.

This spring and summer, MaxYield will eventually phase out the antiquated soybean house in Mallard, remove other small, obsolete facilities at the location, and bring a high percentage of the temporary storage under roof. The temporary storage bunker was built to hold 1 million bushels, Reichert noted, but the Mallard location has consistently exceeded this, often with totals up to 1.4 million bushels.

“We will continue to use the temporary storage area for growth bushels,” said Keith Heim, CEO. “When there are enough bushels to consistently fill the temporary storage area, we’ll consider moving into phase III of this multi-phase expansion.”

All this will help keep the Mallard location competitive in MaxYield’s West Region, Reichert said. “We want to remain progressive and identify what we need to do to serve our existing clients effectively and attract new clients.”

Election update: Letter to members

The letter below will be mailed to Class A members of MaxYield Cooperative June 1st.

If you are interested in seeking election to the board of directors, have questions or need more information, please contact Chad Meyer, Client Relations/Communications, 515-887-7211 ext. 216, cmeyer@maxyieldcoop.com.

June 1, 2014

Dear MaxYield Cooperative Members,

The governance process is one of the most important components of your cooperative’s success. The purpose of this letter is to inform our members of the approaching board of director elections and provide who you should contact if you are interested in seeking election to the board in each of the three regions.

In the east region (east of Hwy 17), Don Hejlik is seeking re-election.

Jim Black is seeking re-election in the central region (between Highway 4 and Highway 17).

In the west region (west of Highway 4) David Garrelts is seeking re-election.

Since an incumbent is seeking re-election in each region, no nominating committee will be formed. If you are interested in seeking election to the MaxYield board, please contact Chad Meyer, Client Relations/Communications director, at 800-383-0003 ext. 216 or cmeyer@MaxYieldCoop.com.

Three years ago, we adopted the new policy that if an incumbent wants to run for re-election, we will not form a nominating committee. While we no longer form a nominating committee in this instance, we welcome new candidates to run for the board and encourage you to consider this opportunity.

To be considered a candidate, candidates must:

  • Be a Class “A” member.
  • No criminal record (felonies)
  • A good credit history with MaxYield
  • History of a reasonable amount of business with MaxYield

The deadline to declare your intention to run for the board is August 31st 2014.


Howard Haas

Board Chairman


New Shop/Service Station Slated for West Bend

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Site preparation for MaxYield’s new shop/service station in West Bend started again the week of April 7th.

When MaxYield Cooperative’s west shop was built in West Bend in 1972, followed by the service station in 1975, and the east shop in 1978, they were the right fit for the era. Times have changed, however, so MaxYield’s board of directors recently approved the construction of a new shop on the northeast edge of West Bend.

“Our current shop facilities are deficient from what we really need, because they’re not big enough to work on today’s larger equipment,” said Keith Heim, CEO.

The new 19,200-square-foot shop will be built east of the corporate office, on land that MaxYield purchased from the West Bend Development Corporation. Site preparation was done in the fall, said Jeff Marsh, MaxYield’s operations team leader. When the new shop becomes operational by the fall of 2014, it will offer five key benefits, including:

1. Room for everything. The 80-foot by 240-foot building will house the service station, MaxYield’s maintenance shop, and MaxYield’s tire inventory. In addition, the building will include 1,800 square feet of lobby area and office space, two restroom facilities, and a break room.

2. Multiple bays. With four bays, the shop will easily accommodate routine work and emergency jobs. “We’ve been so confined in our current space, but this multi-bay system won’t handcuff us,” Marsh said. “We’ll be able to have small projects and long-term projects underway at the same time.”

3. Better use of team members’ skills. Bringing the service station and internal maintenance operations under one roof will allow MaxYield to utilize team members’ skills more efficiently. “We can move expertise and labor back and forth, as needed,” Marsh said.

4. Extra storage. Not only will the new shop provide ample storage space for tools and equipment, but the existing shop and service station in West Bend will house equipment and supplies used by MaxYield’s mobile maintenance team and electricians.

5. More functional space. Along with extra storage space, the new shop will include two lifts, including one for heavy equipment like TerraGators®. The spacious shop will allow team members to open the booms up to service them. Working in less crowded conditions will enhance safety within the shop, Marsh noted. “I’m looking forward to the greater efficiency the new shop will provide. The most exciting thing about this is the opportunity to provide more timely service for our clients and create a better working environment for our team members.”

Unlock the Value of Your Data

SciMax SolutionsData, data, data. There’s plenty of it around, but how do you make sense of it for your farm?

SciMax Solutions helps us find the answers,” said Brian Riggert, who farms with his brother, Mike, near Whittemore. The pair works with SciMax specialists to:

• Fine-tune their farm management. The Riggerts plan their crop production strategies according to management zones, based on data from their fields. “Instead of guessing, we make our decisions on data that’s local,” Mike said. “We see a lot of value in this.”

• Boost their profit potential. The Riggerts know their investment in SciMax pays off. “SciMax helps us find ways to increase yields and save money where it makes sense,” Mike said.

• Enjoy greater peace of mind. Working with a team of SciMax specialists is invaluable, Mike added. “Each person picks up different pieces of the puzzle to find the answers we need. That’s worth the investment right there.”

Interested in learning how SciMax can benefit you? Contact your nearest MaxYield Cooperative location or SciMax Solutions Specialist to start the conversation.