January 18, 2021

Archives for June 2015

Jason Nedved is DOW AgroSciences TV Winner

DSC_0223 (1024x700)Jason Nedved of rural Britt was the winner of a 42” Vizio® Smart TV courtesy of DOW® AgroSciences and MaxYield Cooperative®.

Targeted growers were sent information about the importance of nitrogen stabilizers from DOW. MaxYield agronomy specialists then discussed the benefits of N-Serve® and Instinct II® with each grower and qualified growers were entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five TV’s.

Joe Bollig, Integrated Solutions Specialist at MaxYield, and Dow’s Lyndsie Kaehler presented the TV to Nedved.

More information about N-Serve and Instinct II is available at www.dowagro.com while more information about MaxYield Cooperative can be found at www.maxyieldcoop.com and www.maxyieldseed.com.

My MaxYield Internship: Marcus Christensen

Meet Marcus Christensen, MaxYield’s Grain Operations Intern

-MarcusWhat inspired you to study agriculture?
Growing up on my family farm, I was very active in what was going on and helping in any way possible. I feel agriculture is a very good industry to be working in with great opportunities, and the agriculture industry continues to grow, creating more jobs every day.

Why did you apply for MaxYield’s Grain Operations Internship?
I applied for MaxYield’s Grain Operations Internship because I knew I wanted an ag related internship, and I knew that MaxYield is an outstanding company. After talking with them, I realized they take the time to make sure their interns get the chance to experience many different opportunities within the company.

Who is/are your mentor(s) this summer, and how have they helped you through your first few weeks at MaxYield?
My mentor this summer is Dave Hubka. Dave is a great teacher, and has spent a lot of time making sure I understand how things operate in Belmond, and why they do things in certain ways.

What have you learned through your internship so far? What has been your favorite part about your internship?
I have learned a lot since my internship first started. I have become aware of the types of decisions that are made within the elevator, I learned how to load and unload trucks, and I was even able to help load a train. My favorite part of my internship so far has been learning how a cooperative works because I had little knowledge before I had started this experience.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
As the summer progresses I am looking forward to learning more about MaxYield, and how their cooperative works.

What challenges are you looking to tackle as the summer progresses?
This summer I hope I get the opportunity to continue to learn new things, and to become more knowledgeable about what goes on in the cooperative business.

Corn Origination Agreement at Lakota to conclude October 31, 2015

Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) has communicated to MaxYield Cooperative that at the conclusion of our current three year Lakota corn origination agreement, the origination agreement will not be renewed. The current three year origination agreement ends October 31, 2015.

GPRE has consistently given high compliments to the MaxYield Team at Lakota for their corn origination efforts these past years. GPRE has made a strategic decision to originate more of their corn for ethanol production internally rather than outsource this origination service.

MaxYield sends a sincere THANK YOU to each of our clients that have worked with us during our time at Lakota. We very much value the relationships we have forged in Lakota and the surrounding communities.

MaxYield looks forward to continuing those relationships with our clients, bringing solutions to your farm and being a trusted partner and supporter of our communities.

MaxYield will work with our clients to provide a seamless transition during this change at Lakota.

Sheryll Denney and her team will be providing more information about this transition as they visit with you in the coming weeks. You may contact them at 515-886-2126 / 866-717-5793, sdenney@maxyieldgrain.com with any questions.

Once again, THANK YOU for the support and trust you have placed with MaxYield!

MaxYield & CoBank Help Kossuth County Fair Project

DSC_0300 (1024x680)Gerald Zwiefel, center, presented the Kossuth County Agricultural Association with a $5000 contribution towards the new learning center that will soon be constructed on the fairgrounds in Algona. Zwiefel also presented a check totaling $5000 in matching funds from CoBank.

Kossuth County Fair board members Mel Haler, right, and Scott Schultze accepted the contribution.

The matching funds from CoBank are part of their “Sharing Success” program, matching contributions by their cooperative customers to nonprofit organizations in local communities. CoBank provides loans, leases, and financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.

MaxYield Cooperative is celebrating its 100th year anniversary in 2015 and is a local, farmer-owned cooperative that is headquartered in West Bend, IA.

More information about the cooperative can be found at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com.



Nick Meyer – MaxYield Seed IMCA SportMod Nationals Winner

Nick Meyer, is joined by MaxYield Seed's Matt Keel and flagman Dustin Hansen in victory lane. Taylor Kluver photo.

Nick Meyer, is joined by MaxYield Seed’s Matt Keel and flagman Dustin Hansen in victory lane. Taylor Kluver photo.

Nick Meyer collected $3500 for winning the MaxYield Seed IMCA SportMod Nationals Tuesday, June 23 at the Hancock County Speedway.

In this audio interview, we hear his thoughts after the event.







George Nordman – 2nd Place – MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals


George Nordman, Mason City, IA, finished second in the MaxYield Seed IMCA SportMod Nationals Tuesday, June 23rd at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, IA.

In this interview, we hear his thoughts on the race…




My MaxYield Internship: Brandon Benschoter

Meet Brandon Benschoter, MaxYield’s Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling Intern

20150617_maxyield_499 (681x1024) - BrandonWhat inspired you to study agriculture?
I grew up around farming, and have been around tractors and semis ever since I can remember. I have a strong passion for agriculture and I feel there are many opportunities available for me and my future.

Why did you apply for MaxYield’s Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling Internship?
Growing up in Algona, I am very familiar with the MaxYield brand. I have also talked to several people and everyone has good things to say about working for MaxYield, and I wanted to experience it for myself.

Who is your mentor this summer, and how have they helped you through your first few weeks at MaxYield?
My mentor for the summer is Tim Bruns. He has been a big help when it comes to planning and keeping my days organized. He is very knowledgeable and willing to share and answer any questions I have. Tim has helped me learn what chemicals can and can’t be sprayed at certain plant stages, and he has helped me become better at weed and bug identification.

What have you learned through your internship, and what has been your favorite part about your internship so far?
My internship so far has taught me a lot about weeds, chemicals, and crop staging. My favorite part of my internship is that MaxYield is doing their best to help me experience all aspects of the company and agriculture in general.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
As the summer progresses I am most looking forward to learning about the finished process of what I have been doing these first few weeks.

What challenges are you looking to tackle as the summer progresses?I am learning that it is not always easy to keep a positive attitude with the long hours, but I am looking forward to doing my best to stay positive, and to continue to learn new things as the summer progresses.

Meyer leads flag to flag at MaxYield Seed IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals

Nick MeyerBRITT, Iowa (June 23) – Even though he’d led the first 15 laps, Nick Meyer’s crew was sure they could make his car even faster for the second half of Tuesday’s MaxY­ield Seed IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals at Hancock County Speedway.

After changing four tires, tightening the car up and topping off the tank during the mandatory pit stop at midway, Meyer proved them right. He led to the checkers and took home a check for $3,500.

“We won on opening night at Spring Nationals in Beatrice and that was big, but this win is bigger,” said Meyer. “It’s definitely my biggest win money-wise.”

Eighth in the special for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods in 2013 and seventh last summer, Meyer started the 30-lapper from outside row one.

Three tries were needed to get the initial start in and a handful of yellows came out before the break at halfway but the light stayed green for the final 15 circuits.

Meyer made the most of the lower line. Lapped traffic stayed higher on the oval and didn’t impede his drive to the finish.

George Nordman, Tim Rupp, Nate Chodur and Jake Sachau completed the top five. Cody Knecht started 18th, finished eighth and pocketed the $100 MaxYield Seed hard charger award.

Meyer earned $2,500 for the victory, plus $500 bonuses for having won previously at Britt and racing at least three times at Hancock County this season.

His Northern SportMod Nationals win makes Meyer eligible for another $500 bonus at next year’s event.

“I can’t wait to come back and run for the full four grand,” he said.

Other feature winners were Clint Hatlestad in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Derek Green in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Scott Dobel in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Devin Jones in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Northern SportMod Nationals feature results – 1. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 2. George Nordman, Mason City; 3. Tim Rupp, Cherokee; 4. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills; 5. Jake Sachau, Denison; 6. Brandon Williams, Des Moines; 7. Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn.; 8. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 9. Austin Schrage, Cresco; 10. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 11. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 12. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 13. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 14. Clay Evans, Paullina; 15. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 16. Ben Schultze, Algona; 17. Zack Smidt, Mason City; 18. Doug Cook, Algona; 19. Brady Joynt, Webb; 20. Greg Sidles, Emmetsburg; 21. Phil Ricke, Wesley; 22. Logan Swearingen, Thompson; 23. George Gilliland, Lehigh; 24. Mathew Hanson, Klemme; 25. Colby Fett, Algona; 26. Cole Ignaszewski, New Richland, Minn.; 27. Chris Myhre, Burt; 28. Doug Smith, Lake City; 29. Nate Albrant, Thompson.


MaxYield Helps Develop New Course at Iowa Lakes


20141008_maxyield_199 (1024x681)Ask any cooperative what’s one of the toughest jobs to fill, and you’ll consistently hear commercial applicator. That’s why MaxYield Cooperative has been working with Iowa Lakes Community College to create an innovative new course to train the next generation of professional agronomy applicators.

“Qualified commercial applicators are very hard to find,” said Diane Streit, human resources director for MaxYield Cooperative. “It’s a skilled job that involves a lot of technology. We’re trying to create solutions that help prepare more people for this rewarding career.”

MaxYield collaborated with other members of the Iowa Lakes Ag Steering Committee to identify gaps in training for ag applicator jobs, develop a list of required skill competencies, and share suggestions on what to include in training curriculums. In May 2014, Iowa Lakes started developing a new, seven-week training program for commercial applicators. The first students began taking classes in late January 2015.

“We knew we needed to work fast to meet this need, since local cooperatives can’t wait for students to complete a two-year program,” said Jolene Rogers, executive director of business and community relations for Iowa Lakes Community College. “MaxYield gave us wonderful input to move forward.”

Putting knowledge into practice
Iowa Lakes’ ag applicator curriculum includes weed identification, nozzles, drift, GPS technology, motors, applicator safety and more, along with training to enhance students’ skills in math, communication, critical thinking and troubleshooting. To develop the curriculum, Rogers worked with a retired agronomy professor from the University of Minnesota, who is teaching many of the courses.

“Our goal is to help students gain a good understanding of the technology skills and strong work ethic today’s applicators must possess,” Rogers said.

Iowa Lakes also partnered with experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who will teach a two-day training session on managing spray drift. “We’re excited to offer this not only through the curriculum, but as a professional development seminar for agronomy applicators in the area,” Rogers said.

Iowa Lakes is the only community college in Iowa to offer an ag applicator training program like this. The current class includes 10 students who are employees of local cooperatives. They are attending full days of classes Tuesday and Wednesday each week through March 18. “The ag applicator class will be offered again in the fall of 2015, where we hope to recruit new people to the industry,” Rogers said.

Future course offerings will last 10 weeks and will include a two-week mentorship/on-the-job training component. Students will participate in mock job interviews at the program’s conclusion. “We want students who complete the training to come away with a commercial pesticide license, a good paying job, and a commitment to a career in agriculture,” Rogers said.

Leading the way
MaxYield appreciates all the time and resources Iowa Lakes has invested in the ag applicators’ training course. “We realize that the training is just step one,” Streit said. “We’ll also train the team members we hire to help them become skilled applicators.”

Iowa Lakes is proud to work with MaxYield to drive economic development in the area. “We’re focused on meeting the needs of the local businesses,” Rogers said. “We appreciate MaxYield’s commitment to quality and leadership in the ag industry.”

Why Consider an Ag Applicator Career?

If you’re motivated to work in a dynamic environment, thrive on technology, and are committed to accuracy, you should consider a career as a commercial applicator. Working as an applicator:

1. Offers many opportunities to run high-powered equipment with the latest technology.

2. Allows you to use an array of skills, especially if you’re mechanically inclined. It’s a plus that
MaxYield Cooperative has invested in upgraded, modern shop facilities.

3. Provides job security. Applicator skills are always in high demand, no matter the economy.

4. Helps you launch your career, restart your career, or grow your career to move up into sales or management.

“Our clients depend on applicators who take great pride in their work and provide outstanding service,” said Diane Streit, human resources director for MaxYield Cooperative. “We are always looking for new people to join our team.”

To learn more about career opportunities at MaxYield, log on to www. maxyieldcoop.com, and
click on the “Join the Team” link at the top of the home page.

LEADING OUT LOUD: Dan Classen, National FFA Alumni Invest in Ag’s Future

20150115_maxyield_189 (1024x681)Why would a guy who never belonged to FFA in high school become one of its biggest champions? Just ask Dan Classen of West Bend.

“FFA offers a unique opportunity for students to expand their horizons, become leaders, and advance in the most exciting careers in the country,” said Classen, who was elected president of the National FFA Alumni Association in October 2014.

FFA Alumni play a vital part in keeping agricultural education and FFA programs in local schools. The FFA also relies on FFA Alumni to garner support for FFA from their local communities, raise funds for chapter activities and scholarships, assist at FFA leadership camps and conferences, and much more. “We need to have a strong FFA Alumni program to support ag education in our schools,” Classen said.

You don’t need to be a former FFA member to join FFA Alumni organizations, said Classen, who signed up his four-year-old granddaughter for a lifetime membership with the National FFA Alumni Association. “You just need to have a desire to support agriculture education and the future of agriculture,” he noted.

Discovering a new passion
A desire to support agriculture has defined Classen’s life for years. A native of south-central Wisconsin, Classen took ag classes at Horicon High School but never belonged to an FFA chapter.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in technical agriculture from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Classen started farming in 1983 in the West Bend area, where his mother’s side of the family had farmed. He and his wife, Amy, encouraged their son, Zachary, and daughter, Allison, to participate in the West Bend-Mallard FFA chapter. “I liked all the leadership opportunities that were available,” said Classen, who noted that both kids were chapter and district officers, both serving terms as North Central District Vice President. Allison also earned her American Farmer degree and she and Zach participated in the Washington Leadership Conference.

Still, Classen was less than enthused when he was encouraged to get involved with the local Hawkeye FFA Alumni. “I practically went kicking and screaming to the first meeting, but I was impressed by how the group actively supported the kids. It wasn’t long before I signed on as a lifetime member.”

20150115_maxyield_172 (681x1024)Encouraging the next generation of ag teachers
As he discovered how valuable the FFA program is across Iowa, Classen ran for state office and was elected to the Iowa FFA Alumni Association board in 2000. By 2008, he was appointed to the National FFA Alumni Association board.

In his current role as National FFA Alumni Association president, Classen focuses on helping the organization support America’s ag instructors. These teachers play a critical role in agriculture’s future, especially as FFA membership has soared in recent years. “As opportunities in agriculture have grown, more kids are interested in FFA,” said Classen, who meets with his fellow National FFA Alumni Association board members three times a year. “This is a time of record membership for FFA, which has more than 610,000 members nationwide.”

More students mean greater demand for ag instructors, even though instructors are becoming harder to find. “About two ag teachers are retiring for every one that enters the profession—and that’s a conservative estimate,” Classen said. “When an ag teacher isn’t available, schools either have to hire temps or drop the ag program entirely.”

This isn’t uncommon, even in Iowa. Ames High School has no ag program, for example, even though Ames is home to one of the leading ag colleges in the nation. Classen is working with the National FFA Alumni Association to develop creative solutions for schools, such as encouraging leading ag industry companies to offer financial incentives to ag teachers. The 13-member National FFA Alumni Association also wants to partner with the National Association of Agricultural Educators to find practical solutions that offer ag teachers a better work-life balance.

Get involved
Although the National FFA Alumni Association has more than 50,000 members, Classen is on a mission to help grow the organization to better promote ag education and assist ag teachers. He encourages people to log on to www.ffa.org/alumni for more information about this worthwhile organization and the affordable annual and lifetime membership options.

While National FFA Alumni Association members receive a number of perks, from $500 rebates on Chrysler vehicles to discounts at certain hotels, the biggest benefit is the investment in the future. “Agriculture is vital to Iowa and the nation,” Classen said. “We need to support the ag instructors at the local level who are training the next generation of ag leaders.”