January 25, 2021

Archives for July 2014

My MaxYield Internship: Sven Nielson

Sven 2 CompMeet Sven Nielson, MaxYield’s Crop Scout Intern


How has MaxYield expanded your perspective on agriculture?
My internship at MaxYield has broadened both my understanding and appreciation for agriculture. The amount of precision and knowledge that goes into the processes this company does is simply unreal.


What advice would you give future interns/students who want to work at MaxYield?
My advice to future interns is to be prepared for anything that gets thrown your way. Some days can be really busy while and other days could go by slow, only because you can’t go into the field.

What has made your internship at MaxYield a good one?
My internship was a good experience because of this great team. The people that work at MaxYield bring a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to the work place which is very refreshing and assuring for me in my pursuit of a future job in the workforce.

My MaxYield Internship: Brock Beadle

20140723_maxyield_450Meet Brock Beadle, MaxYield’s Grain Operations Intern


Why did you pursue agriculture as a career path?
I grew up on a farm and have always loved being around agriculture. When it was time to make my career decision, I knew that I wanted to pursue agriculture.

What are your career goals after graduation?
I know that I want to have a career within agriculture, but with the many opportunities in agriculture, I am keeping my options open.

How have you been able to learn from your mentors?
Dan Feller and Dave Hubka have both helped me see the importance of team member management and have been a great resource for any questions that I may have.

What are some of your responsibilities as the grain operations intern?
Unloading and loading trucks, I take temperatures of the bins and make sure the silos are always full. I have also been able to help load a train, and I was responsible for keeping the silos running at full capacity to keep the process moving.

What are some of the intern related activities you have been involved with this summer?
I have been involved with many Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation events this summer, including the Intern Welcome Breakfast, the golf outing, and the county-wide breakfast. This summer the interns were also able to go out to lunch with MaxYield’s CEO, we visited the Murphy-Brown Feed Mill in Hobarton, the Green Plains Ethanol Plant in Lakota, and the John Deere Tractor Assembly in Waterloo.

My MaxYield Internship: Jared Wellik

20140723_maxyield_514Meet Jared Wellik, MaxYield’s Crop Scout Intern

What are some of your responsibilities a crop scout intern?
My main responsibilities are to crop scout and soil sample fields of MaxYield clients. After scouting a farmer’s field, I give them a report on anything that I may find. I have also been able to deliver products to clients.

What has been the most challenging part about your internship?
The biggest challenge of my internship has been learning different crop protection strategies to control weeds and pests.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I am looking forward to meeting new people and to continue to learn more about the agricultural industry.


What is a typical day for you as a crop scout intern?
Every day is different. Some days I could be soil sampling, delivering chemicals, scouting fields or meeting with clients. I really enjoy that each day is different, because it keeps me on my feet.

 How has MaxYield expanded your view on the agricultural industry?
Before interning at MaxYield I didn’t know how much went into the agricultural industry from a cooperative’s prospective. Everything from feed, seed, fertilizer and fuel there is a lot that MaxYield does to keep their clients running their operations efficiently.


Learning From the Ground Up: Mick Hoover Named 2013 Solutions Provider of the Year

Mick Hoover - MaxYield At first, the opportunity to work full time at MaxYield didn’t seem to fit Mick Hoover. After earning his education degree from Buena Vista University in 2006, he turned down two job offers from MaxYield Cooperative while he waited for the right teaching job to open up. The third time proved to be the charm, however, for MaxYield and Mick.

“I’d worked for MaxYield part time in college, so I said yes when they called again,” said Mick, a grain solutions specialist at the Mallard location and 2013 Solutions Provider of the Year. “I had a lot to learn about grain origination, though, and will never forget the harvest of 2007 at Mallard.”

Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for a line of trucks and tractors delivering grain to stretch from the elevator to Main Street at the peak of harvest. When Mick got a call from Walt Reichert, MaxYield’s west area team leader,
on one of those days, the message was simple—and urgent. “Walt said, ‘Get up here now,’” recalled Mick, who was working the grain dump. “It turns out they were short staffed and needed me to run the scale.”

After a crash course, Mick started weighing trucks. “It was trial by fire, and I was on pins and needles the whole time,” said Mick, who feared he would forget a key step in the process.

By the time he walked out of the office that night, Mick breathed a sigh of relief. “I remember thinking, ‘Well, I made it through one day. I think I can do this.’ I was a lot more comfortable by the second day.”

They’re not just clients; they’re friends

Learning from the ground up has defined Mick’s MaxYield career from the start. While Mick had grown up in the Mallard area and had worked for area farmers and Dr. Nesheim, the local veterinarian, he didn’t know much about the ag cooperative system. All that changed when he began working part time at MaxYield Cooperative in 2001 at age 19.

“Coming up through the ranks helped me build my career,” said Mick, who studied agriculture at Iowa Lakes Community College after graduating from West Bend-Mallard High School in 2000. “You understand the big picture when you’ve dumped grain, cleaned the grain dryers, filled anhydrous tanks, driven a tender truck, run the fertilizer plant, and loaded trains.”

This first-hand knowledge also helps Mick serve MaxYield’s clients more effectively. “Before I leave home in the morning, I check to see what the markets are doing,” said Mick, who learned the grain settlement process after joining MaxYield full time. “I also watch the markets and news throughout the day so I can keep clients informed and help them however I can.”

Sometimes that help means providing reports for federal crop insurance, while other times it means providing grain accounting paperwork. “I’m a numbers guy, I enjoy collecting and exploring data,” Mick said.

While Mick stays in touch with clients via phone calls, text messages, and email, he also enjoys visiting with them when they stop by the Mallard office. “I want them to know I never take their business for granted. These aren’t just clients; they’re friends.”

It takes a team

Providing this level of service wouldn’t be possible without the MaxYield team, from the outside operations crew who unload grain to the scale operators in the Mallard office to the support team in the West Bend corporate office, Mick noted.

Mick and his team members are looking forward to the new opportunities that will be created by the 2014 addition of a separate grain receiving area with a pit; a 20,000-bushel-per-hour receiving leg and conveyance system; and a 722,500-bushels bin at Mallard. “We’re fortunate to have good facilities, and this will make it that much better,” Mick said.

It’s an honor to be named Solutions Provider of the Year, added Mick, who appreciates MaxYield’s modern facilities and services geared towards local producers’ needs. “It’s a great feeling when you serve your clients and provide the solutions they need. That’s what I shoot for every day.”

Editor’s note: Mick and his wife, Lindsay, have three young children, Lauren, Ali, and Kale. In his free time, Mick enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and fishing. ■
What Makes Mick a Solutions Provider of the Year?

Here’s what Walt Reichert, MaxYield’s west area team leader, says:

“Mick has been a true MaxYield success story. He started in the grain dump and has now elevated himself to a key grain solutions team member in the west area. This starting point has helped Mick understand what MaxYield is capable of operationally so he and his team members can provide clients with great service. Mick also knows the pulse of his client base, and his business relationships are based on trust. It has been fun to watch Mick develop his career at MaxYield, and there’s no doubt he will continue to grow.”

What Defines a Solutions Provider of the Year?

“Mick is passionate about his work. He’s also a detail person who doesn’t let anything fall through the cracks. He really understands what it means to be client focused and makes sure clients have a good experience every time. Mick makes MaxYield a better solutions provider every year.”
—Keith Heim, CEO
MaxYield Cooperative

My MaxYield Internship: Sven Nielson

Sven COMPMeet Sven Nielson, MaxYield’s Crop Scouting Intern

Why did you decide to pursue agriculture as a career path?
I decided to pursue agriculture, because I really enjoyed participating and learning through my schools FFA program. Growing up I also helped on my grandfather’s farm, which allowed me to see a close look at agriculture.

What are your career goals after graduation?
Right now I am keeping my options open. I enjoy design and may pursue that. I would really like to step out of Iowa and see what else is out there.

How have your mentors Tim Bruns and Justin Zwiefel helped you throughout your first weeks?
Tim and Justin have been a great resource for me to ask questions on the different agronomy projects that I am involved with.

What are some of your responsibilities as the crop scouting intern?
As the crop scouting intern I communicate with growers, identify weed and pest problems in client’s fields and then come up with a strategy with my mentor Tim Bruns to treat the issue.

What is it like being an intern for MaxYield?
It has been a great opportunity, MaxYield allows its interns to feel a part of the MaxYield team. All of the team members are there to answer any questions I may have.


My MaxYield Internship: Ryan Mayland

Ryan COMPMeet Ryan Mayland, MaxYield’s Advanced Agronomy Sales Intern

What are your career goals after graduation?
After graduation I am hoping to work for a co-op or a seed dealer and then one day go back and farm.

How have your MaxYield internships helped prepare you for your future career?
Interning with MaxYield has provided me real world experiences. My internships have given me a chance to have a better understanding of my future career and the responsibility it takes to be successful. I have also been able to network with other team members throughout the company about future opportunities with MaxYield.

What is it like being a part of the MaxYield Team?
Being part of the team it gives me a lot of people that I am able to use as resources for questions and also to job shadow to see the many opportunities within MaxYield.

What are some of the skills a person needs to be an advanced agronomy intern?
Having sales experience and a basic background of the agronomy side of agriculture is every important. It is also important to have a good set of communication skills, so that you are comfortable speaking with clients.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?
I would definitely recommend a MaxYield internship. I would tell future interns to take their internship seriously, there is so much to learn. Also ask questions, there is a lot to learn from the other MaxYield team members within the company.

MaxYield Interns Observe Manufacturing Process at John Deere

CompOn Monday, July 21st MaxYield summer interns and team members Chad Meyer and Diane Streit traveled to Waterloo, where they participated in a tour of the John Deere Tractor Cab and Assembly Operations.

The tour began with a video explaining the history, core values and new technologies of John Deere. Following the video, the MaxYield crew took a trolley ride around the factory. While inside the factory, the group was able to see the process of building the 6R, 7R, 8R/8RT and 9R/9RT Series tractors. From viewing the painting process, assemblage of wheels, cabs and lights, to watching each individual tractor leave the factory to be tested, the tour showed the group another interesting aspect of agriculture.

Thank you to John Deere Waterloo for hosting us!

My MaxYield Internship: Collete Haag

Collete COMPMeet Collete Haag, MaxYield’s Grain Industry Intern

What are your career goals after graduation?
I want to become a CPA within the agricultural career field. As an accountant I want to assist farmers and agribusinesses with their financial needs.

What projects have you been involved with?
I have been working with Cory Thilges, MaxYield’s controller, on invoicing and also with Susan Post, MaxYield’s CFO on daily position summaries. I have found these projects very interesting to see the amount of grain that comes in throughout MaxYield’s locations.

What are some of the intern related activities you have been involved with this summer?
This summer I have been involved in many Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation events, including the Intern Welcome Breakfast, the golf outing, a finance skill building session, and a CEO Luncheon. The other interns and I had the opportunity to tour other facilities in the agriculture industry. We visited the Murphy-Brown Feed Mill in Hobarton and the Green Plains Ethanol Plant in Lakota. MaxYield interns had the opportunity to eat lunch with MaxYield’s CEO Keith Heim, and ask him questions about what it is like to be a CEO.

What is a typical day for you as the Grain Industry Intern?
A typical day for me would be, going through the invoices that MaxYield needs to pay, and also settling contracts from MaxYield’s clients and end-users.

Mallard Fire Department Receives Bunker Gear Contribution

Mallard Fire Dept bunker gear 2014 compRon Hutchison, fire chief (left) and Walt Reichert accept MaxYield Cooperative’s $1000 contribution and matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation.

The contribution will be used by the Mallard Fire Department to purchase new bunker gear for three new department volunteers.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local, farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, headquartered in West Bend, IA.

They and Land O’Lakes Foundation annually support the communities they serve, providing funding and volunteer opportunities for their team members.

More information is available at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.landolakesinc.com.



Changes Planned for Annual Meeting

MaxYield Cooperative has decided to streamline our annual meeting this year to make our time spent together more useful to you.

“While we’ve changed the format, the core of the annual meeting hasn’t changed,” said Keith Heim, CEO. “You’ll still have the opportunity to interact with the leadership team, hear the reports about the company, and ask questions.”

This year’s annual meeting will be held Dec. 16 at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg.

9:30 a.m. Coffee and cookies
10 a.m. Annual meeting starts
• Audit report
• CEO report, Keith Heim
• Board chairman report, Howard Haas
• Board election announced
• Q and A from members

10:45 a.m. Meeting adjourns