April 22, 2019

Archives for June 2014

Britt MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals Resumes July 4th

Heavy rainfall prevented the completion of the annual IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals Thursday, June 26th at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, IA. All main events were washed out in the storm.

Persistent showers and clouds hampered track drying efforts on the scheduled Friday, June 27 rain date.

All remaining features, including the 25-lap MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals main event, will be run Friday, July 4th prior to regular weekly racing action.

Hot laps begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow. 28 cars are slated to start the SportMod Nationals finale.

The winner of Hancock County Speedway’s MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals earns as much as $4,000 for his or her efforts.

The main event for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods pays a minimum of $2,500 to win with $500 bonuses if the first-place driver is a previous event winner; has raced at least three times previously this season at Britt; and has won a regular season feature there this year.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to SportMod drivers.

Completing the card are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts running for weekly purses and all applicable points, including local track points.

Pit gates at Britt open at 5 p.m., the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

More information about the Northern SportMod Nationals is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website.

 

My MaxYield Experience: Blake Wilson

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Meet Blake Wilson, SciMax Solutions Summer Part Time Help

Why did you decide to pursue agriculture as a career path?
I choose to pursue agriculture, because I grew up around it, helping on my grandpa’s farm, and I also enjoy working outdoors.

 

 

What are your career goals after graduation?
I chose to pursue agriculture because I grew up around it, helping on my grandpa’s farm. I enjoyed learning from him and I like working outdoors. When it came time to choose a career I decided agriculture would be the right fit for me.

 

How did you hear about the MaxYield SciMax Solutions part-time position?
I have always been familiar with MaxYield Cooperative and when a part-time position opened I heard about it through a family member employed by MaxYield. I was excited to have an opportunity with the company.

 

What is your role with SciMax Solutions?
Though SciMax, I am currently soil sampling, with their Grid Soil Sampling program. After I finish soil sampling, I will be assisting the East Area of MaxYield wherever I am needed.

 

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
During the summer I hope to learn more about the company, work with many people, and continue learning more about agriculture. I am excited to see what the summer has in store for me.

 

What are you hoping to learn as the summer progresses?
During my soil sampling experience I hope to learn about the different types or soil and their variability.

 

How have you been able to learn from your mentors Rachel Norby and Peter Bixel?
Peter and Rachel have helped me become confident in my work, and have helped increase my speed and efficiency at soil sampling. They have also helped me strive for the excellence that the SciMax Solutions brand is known for.

 

My MaxYield Experience: Sydney Kalkman

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Meet Sydney Kalkman, MaxYield’s Summer Part Time Office Assistant

 

Why did you decide to pursue dental hygiene as a career path?
I have always enjoyed smiling, and I want to help others have a confident smile.

 

What is your role with MaxYield?
At MaxYield I am an office assistant for West Bend and Whittemore. I work on purchase orders, answer phone calls and help run the scale at location offices.
What are your career goals after graduation?
After college I want to work in a dentist office and work as a dental hygienist.

 

What have you learned through your experience so far?
I have learned many technologies, such as running the scale and how to manage many excel programs. I have also learned more about agriculture. I didn’t grow up on a farm, so learning more about the farming industry is very interesting. I also enjoy learning more about the importance of having strong relationships with MaxYield’s clients.

 

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Throughout the summer, I am looking forward to getting office experience, interaction with clients and getting to know new people throughout the company.
What is it like working a part of the MaxYield Team?
Working at MaxYield has been an amazing experience. I really enjoy working with the other team members and clients.

 

My MaxYield Internship: Jared Wellik

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Why did you decide to study agriculture as a career path?
Growing up on a farm, I always enjoyed helping my dad farm. Helping out on the farm instilled a passion for the agricultural industry. I have always known that I have wanted to work in agriculture, and I am excited to pursue it as a career.
How did you hear about the MaxYield Crop Scouting internship?
My family receives the My Solutions magazine, and I had read about previous interns and their experiences. I also knew students who had worked as an intern for MaxYield and decided that I also wanted to pursue an internship with MaxYield.

 

Who are your mentors and how have they helped guide you through your first weeks?
My mentors are Kody Trampel and Rachel Norby. Kody helps me with my crop scouting tasks, and Rachel helps me with soil sampling. Both Rachel and Kody have been great help to me whenever I have any questions.
What are your career goals after graduation?
After college I want to pursue agricultural sales in either seed or animal feed sales.

 

What do you hope to learn throughout your internship experience?
During my internship I hope to learn more about crop protection, how to better communicate with farmers and to learn more about MaxYield.

Answer Plot—Session One

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WinField Solutions recently held their first education session at the Answer Plot in Britt. Agronomy Specialists and growers attended the event to learn about new technologies and to ask questions.

 

 

 

Hybrid Placement
Steve Barnhart, WinField Regional Agronomist, discussed the importance of placing the right hybrid in the right environmental conditions. “Different hybrids react differently to soil types,” said Barnhart. “Our job as Agronomy Specialists is to help the grower match the right hybrid to their soil types.”

WinField uses their R7 Tool to help growers determine hybridplacement. Barnhart says, “Placing the correct hybrid with the right soil is one of the most important decisions that a grower can do to be successful.”004 COMP

Answer Plots are an opportunity for both the Agronomy Specialist and the grower to learn about the industry. “In agriculture we can all continue to learn. After 37 years in agriculture I continue to learn every day,” said Barnhart.

Ag Fanatics Podcast

MaxYield Cooperative grain analyst Karl Setzer joins AgriVisor’s “AgFanatics” podcast radio show. Here what they had to say about the grain markets at: www.MaxYieldGrain.com/audio.

 

MaxYield Recognized as Healthiest Employer

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds present Diane Streit, center, MaxYield Human Resource Director, the Healthiest Employer award.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds present Diane Streit, center, MaxYield Human Resource Director, the Healthiest Employer award.

Nine companies from across Iowa were recognized this week for their efforts to create healthy work places.

The Healthiest Employers of Iowa award program seeks to recognize companies throughout the state that have committed to creating a healthy workplace for their employees.

A growing focus on health and wellness and the rising cost of health insurance has prompted Iowa businesses to change how they approach employee health care benefits.

Businesses now see that beyond making for happier and healthier employees, employee wellness makes good business sense. A healthier workforce is more productive and helps to control corporate health care costs.

Through an online assessment, employers were asked a series of questions that focused on measuring six key areas: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communicating and marketing, programming and interventions, reporting and analysis.

Finalists were selected from three categories: small employer (2-99 employees), midsize employer (100-249 employees), and large employer (250 employees or more). Winners were chosen from three regions throughout the state: eastern, central and western Iowa.

The following companies that participated in the Healthiest Employers of Iowa program rose to the top as Iowa’s healthiest businesses. Their commitment to employee wellness and their approach to healthy living made them the 2014 Healthiest Employers of Iowa.

The companies were recognized at a program featuring Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds during the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s annual conference in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, June 10.

The Healthiest Employers of Iowa program is a joint partnership between the Business Record and the Iowa Association of Business & Industry and is sponsored by Holmes Murphy, Wellmark, Community Health Charities Iowa, Employee and Family Resources, and Principal Financial Group.

2014 Winners

Eastern Iowa:
Iowa American Water
Mudd Advertising
Genesis Health System

Central Iowa:
Employee & Family Resources
LaMair-Mulock-Condon Co.
Meredith Corporation

Western Iowa:
The Foreign Candy Co., Inc.
MaxYield Cooperative
Northwest Bank

 

My MaxYield Internship: Ryan Mayland

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Meet Ryan Mayland, MaxYield’s Advanced Agronomy Sales Intern

 

 

Why did you decide to purse agriculture as a career path?

Mark Eisenman, a MaxYield team member, was my baseball coach, and good family friend. He was always encouraging me to pursue agriculture. I also grew up helping on our family farm, and worked for a seed dealer.

What is your role as the Advanced Agronomy Sales Intern?

As a second year intern I have been given more responsibility. This summer I am in charge of a list of clients through MaxYield Seed and SciMax Solutions, to check in with them and their fields. I am also more involved in the agronomy side of the company, learning more about fertilizer and crop protection products.

What made you decide to intern a second year for MaxYield?

After my first year, I realized how much I enjoyed working with Kurt Metzger, Seed Solutions Specialist, and other MaxYield Agronomy Specialists. I also really liked that everyone throughout the company was so easy to work with.

How has this year’s internship differed from last years?

The major difference between this year and last year is the amount of responsibility that I have been given. This year I enjoy having my own clients that rely on me for information and agronomy questions.

What projects have you been working on throughout the summer?

This summer I have been working with clients and checking in with them periodically. I have also been working with MaxYield Seed, and SciMax in crop protection products, fertilizer and tissue testing.

SciMax Provides Informational Opportunities to Clients

SciMax Solutions recently held micronutrient and sprayer clinics across North Iowa. SciMax clients attended these informational opportunities to learn about new technology, and farming practices.

SciMax Clients learning about new technology in agriculture.

SciMax Clients learning about new technology in agriculture.

Climate, R7 Tool and Tissue Sampling

Keaton Krueger, Agriculture Technology Specialist for Winfield Solutions started the clinic discussing The Climate Corporation’s, newly developed app called Climate. The app is designed to help assist growers determine the amount of rain each of their fields has received and then assigns it a category of field workability. Climate Pro is a step up from Climate Basic, and it allows the grower to manage nitrogen levels, stay on top of pest and diseases and has many other features that the grower is able to take advantage of.

Krueger also discussed Winfield’s R7 Tool. The R7 Tool allows the agronomy specialists to better help the client decide when and where to apply solutions to problem areas. It also allows clients to see a continuous view of in-season imagery of their fields to detect problem areas.

Krueger encourages clients to use the R7 Tool, and says, “Using the R7 Tool in-season imagery to drive tissue sampling is the next step in understanding your fields and nutritional need. This is important in applying precision agriculture in tissue sampling.”

The Importance of Sprayer Basics

Tyler Steinkamp, Regional Agronomist Associate for Winfield, discussed modes of action, sprayer calibration, and sprayer nozzle tips with clients. He stressed the importance of using more than one mode of action, because one weed left in a field can produce 250,000 weed seeds. Checking sprayer nozzle calibration is also very important to be efficient and cost effective when spraying.

Steinkamp reminded growers that when you are spending money on spraying technologies, you need to remember the basic maintenance on sprayer equipment to continue to be profitable.

Tyler Steinkamp, (right) shows a visual of how important it is to check each spray nozzle's calibration.

Tyler Steinkamp, (right) shows a visual of how important it is to check each spray nozzle’s calibration.

Education and Improvement

Scimax Solutions holds educational sessions to educate and our SciMax clients. “By having these clinics, it shows our clients how important the basics are in spraying. It is also vital to know why we use adjuvants, drift agents, and the importance of Class Act, which helps the product get into the plant,” said Rodney Legleiter, SciMax Solutions Specialist.

$4,000 is possible to win at MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals

SeedsLogoMaxYieldBRITT, Iowa – The winner of Hancock County Speedway’s Thursday, June 26 MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals earns as much as $4,000 for his or her 30-lap efforts. The event is presented by Croplan by Winfield, Dekalb/Asgrow and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

The main event for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods pays a minimum of $2,500 to win with $500 bonuses if the first-place driver is a previous event winner; has raced at least three times previously this season at Britt; and has won a regular season feature there this year.

Twenty eight cars qualify for the event. A 10-minute pit stop on the front straight is planned at midway and the winner goes home with a six-foot tall trophy.

Start money is $75 and the MaxYield Seed Hard Charger award is $100.

Entry fee for the Northern SportMods is $50 if paid by June 15 or $75 after that date. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to SportMod drivers.

Completing the card are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts running for weekly purses and all applicable points, including local track points.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Family passes are $40. Pit passes are $25.

Tech-related questions can be directed to Tim Weiland at 641 843-4230. More information about the Northern SportMod Nationals is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website.