October 25, 2020

Archives for March 2015

Redefining the Law of Averages

Keith HeimBy Keith Heim, CEO

Ever heard of Jim Rohn? Born into an Idaho farming family in 1930, Rohn developed a work ethic that launched his success as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and trailblazer in the personal development industry.

While Rohn had many famous quotes, one of his most profound statements is that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

While more than five directors serve on MaxYield Cooperative’s board, I’m grateful we have so many dedicated leaders who build on each other’s strengths and help guide the future of your cooperative. Three of these incumbents were up for re-election at our annual meeting, which was held Dec. 16 at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg. Don Hejlik of Britt (East Region), David Garrelts of Emmetsburg (Central Region), and Jim Black of Algona (Central Region) were re-elected.

After the annual meeting, which included a full review of MaxYield’s audit and highlights from the last fiscal year, the MaxYield board went into their December board meeting. They selected officers for the 2015 calendar year, including:
• Howard Haas, Algona (Central Region), board chairman
• David Garrelts, Emmetsburg (Central Region), vice chairman
• Eric Marchand, Britt (East Region) secretary/treasurer

Wanted: ag leaders
I should note that all the directors up for re-election to the board ran unopposed, since no one stepped forward by the deadline to run. If you would ever like to run for the board, please let us know. As Howard Haas says, this isn’t a closed club. It’s a great opportunity to meet other forward-thinking farmers in the area, as well as well-respected ag industry leaders.

Also, if you ever have any questions or concerns about MaxYield, don’t hesitate to contact any of MaxYield’s board members.

Looking ahead
As we move forward in the current fiscal year, we’ve been running about a month behind compared to the previous fiscal year at this time. Why? We didn’t get as much agronomy work done last fall as we usually do.

Just like you, we’ll have more work to do this spring than we do in a typical year. We’ll also run behind on revenues until we get through the spring season.

While agriculture has entered more challenging times than we’ve seen in recent years, I think back to Jim Rohn’s quote about being the average of the five people you spend the most time with. I think we can redefine Rohn’s “law of averages,” since MaxYield is blessed to have so many skilled team members and progressive clients in our midst.

With your help, we are working together to make 2015 a year filled with opportunity and success.


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fostoria…circa 1905

fostoria elev with horsesThe Fostoria Cooperative Elevator was formed in 1905, 10 years prior to the founding of West Bend Elevator Company.

Though the exact date of the photograph is not know, it is safe to assume it wasn’t too far removed from the formative years of the company.

In August of 1980, a tornado ripped through Fostoria, damaging many trees, buildings and bin sites, including the elevator.

With a tremendous effort of the employee team, repairs were made to the grain storage facility in time for harvest.

Fostoria Cooperative Elevator merged with MaxYield Cooperative in 2005. The transformation of this location continues, with another grain storage expansion underway in 2015.



THROWBACK THURSDAY: First town in Palo Alto County to be 100 years old

Untitled-6 (564x1024)As MaxYield celebrates its 100th year in 2015, we look back on when the community of West Bend was the first town in Palo Alto County to hit the century mark.

This newspaper ad clipping from the West Bend Journal shows the freshly completed of the 250,000 bushel concrete elevator.

Then, an entire elevator held 250,000 bushels.

Today, one steel grain storage bin holds more than 700,000 bushels. And an expansion project may include multiple 700,000+ bushel bins.

To say that we live and work in the best corn and soybean producing area, may be an understatement.

Thank you to our clients, members and friends for ‘feeding the world!’



MaxYield Seed to Present 2015 IMCA SportMod Nationals at Britt

Clear Lake, Iowa's Aaron Benson claimed the top prize in last year's MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals, held at the Hancock County Speedway.

Clear Lake, Iowa’s Aaron Benson claimed the top prize in last year’s MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals, held at the Hancock County Speedway.

Officials with the Hancock County Speedway announced recently that MaxYield Seed will continue as title sponsor of the annual IMCA Northern 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 with their support last year, we witnessed an increase in car count in 2014,” track promoter Joe Ringsdorf said.

The event in 2015 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 2015 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 40 laps in length with a 10 minute pit stop at halfway. The race will start 28 cars.

The 2015 edition of the IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals will take place Tuesday, June 23rd.

Clear Lake’s Aaron Benson won $3500 as last year’s champion.

Greg Sidles earned the MaxYield Seed Hard Charger Award, pocketing an additional $100 for advancing 14 spots from his original starting position.

Other 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. 47 SportMods competed in last year’s event.

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