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Archives for September 2015

Top 6 Reasons to Invest in Premium Fuel

20120927_farmers_219 compYou invest a lot of money in your farm equipment. When profit margins tighten, it’s more important than ever to protect this investment. That starts with a premium fuel.

“It’s a myth that cheaper fuels are just the same as a premium fuel,” said Chad Besch, MaxYield’s energy team leader. “There are some key advantages to a premium fuel, which can pay for itself quickly.”

To separate the myths from the facts, here are the top six reasons why a premium fuel like Cenex® RoadMaster XL® (which is available at all of MaxYield’s cardtrols) offers you the best value:
1. Improved mileage. While Cenex says its premium products improve fuel economy by as much as 5%, MaxYield put this to the test. “We had purchased a truck that had run on #2 diesel and continued to run it on #2 for eight weeks,” Besch said. “Then we switched to Cenex RoadMaster XL for eight weeks and got 7% better fuel mileage.”

2. Greater lubricity, more engine power. Cenex premium diesel fuels optimize performance with a complete, high-quality, balanced additive package. Not only do they improve fuel economy by 5% or more, but they increase fuel lubricity by 10% to 15% and power by up to 4.5%.

3. Lower risk of equipment failure. Today’s diesel engines use high pressure common rail (HPCR) direct injection technology to provide significantly greater efficiencies than conventional diesel engines. These engines operate under high temperatures and pressures that can literally “cook” typical #2 diesel. This results in fouled fuel that recirculates in the fuel system and can damage engine parts. Cenex premium diesel fuels help eliminate this worry.

4. Better performance. Since injection occurs multiple times per combustion cycle at engine pressures up to 35,000 pounds per square inch (PSI), even the smallest deposit can cause issues within the tight tolerances of the injector (typically 1 to 3 microns). With typical #2 diesel fuel, deposits occur in two places. First, nozzle coking deposits occur in the injector nozzle tip. These orifices spray microscopic fuel droplets into the combustion chamber. Because they are so finite, they can become clogged by even the smallest amount of deposits. These deposits may only be a stain or varnish, but they can also lead to power deficiencies and decreased fuel efficiency. Internal diesel injector deposits (IDID) are of critical concern with high-pressure injection (HPI) engine technologies. Unlike conventional deposits, IDID form deep inside the high-precision injectors, wreaking havoc due to tight tolerances. These deposits can appear suddenly inside the injector and can significantly reduce power and fuel economy. In some cases, they can result in injector failure. Laboratory and field tests confirm the upgraded injection stabilizer in Cenex premium diesel fuels successfully removes and prevents IDID while maximizing power in today’s high-tech engines.

5. Reduced fuel-filter plugging. Another issue that affects HPI systems is premature fuel filter plugging. Fuel filters capture unwanted contaminates from the fuel. Left unchecked, they can cause serious damage. With the extreme high temperatures and pressures generated by HPI engine technology, typical #2 diesel is thermally decomposed in the injection system and results in fuel filter plugging. As the fuel flow through the fuel filter becomes restricted or plugged, a loss of power will result. Black sludge, a common problem, is a critical issue in HPCR engines operating at high temperatures, where contaminants from unburned fuel and combustion soot combine to further diminish performance. Cenex premium diesel fuels eliminate this worry.

6. Less downtime. How much does a breakdown cost you? Cenex premium diesel fuels meet the demands of new and existing engine technology and are designed to operate with higher efficiency and less downtime.

You get all this with Cenex premium diesel fuels for only 5 cents more per gallon. “By investing a little more now, you’ll spend less over the long run,” Besch said. “Premium fuel ultimately puts more money back in your pocket.”

For more information on premium fuels, contact MaxYield’s energy solutions specialists, including Mark Collins (641-425-5184) and Doug Shirk (515-320-5629), or call Energy Central at 515-887-7282.

Three at Okoboji Elementary Earn “Tanks of Thanks”

Kris Johnson, Cecilia Barber, Sandy Alexander, Adam Gisch

Kris Johnson, Cecilia Barber, Sandy Alexander, Adam Gisch

Three individuals who are making a difference in the Okoboji Elementary School were recently presented with $50 Cenex “Tanks of Thanks” gift cards.

The Tanks of Thanks program rewards Cenex clients in local communities that go the extra mile with free fuel. Each were nominated by MaxYield Cooperative, which owns and operates the Cenex convenience store in Fostoria.

Each month, 100 people win a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card from Cenex. Adam Gisch from MaxYield Cooperative recently presented the awards.

Kris Johnson teaches first grade and is organizer of the “Puppy Tales” reading program. This program has grown each year since its inception in 2012 and currently has dogs offering reading support in all Okoboji School buildings.

Cecilia Barber serves the school and students as “volunteer grandma,” working with kindergarten students in groups and individually. She also prepares materials for various activities.

In addition to managing the office, Sandy Alexander goes above and beyond each day with many tasks that keeps the school organized, and helps prepare materials for teachers.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local, member-owned cooperative that operates Cenex convenience stores in West Bend, Whittemore, and Fostoria and also provides Cenex fuels to area farmers and clients.

More information about the MaxYield and the Tanks of Thanks program is available at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.Cenex.com/tanks-of-thanks.

More Bins, Faster Service: Expansion Projects Take Shape at Mallard, Fostoria



How much is your time worth at harvest? We know every minute counts and were touched by a gesture of thanks during last fall’s harvest.

“A client left some envelopes of $20 bills at one of our locations, along with an unsigned note thanking our team members,” said Harry Bormann, MaxYield’s grain team leader. “The note basically said, ‘I know I’m not your biggest client, and I know I was a little grumpy at harvest. While this money isn’t a lot, I wanted to thank all of you who helped me.’”

A story like this reminds us that we have the opportunity to make your harvest experience more efficient and pleasant, from extended hours to personalized client service. It’s also why we’re continuing to upgrade MaxYield Cooperative’s grain facilities to serve you better. Our big projects include:

• Phase two at Mallard. We’re undertaking the second phase of a four-phase grain project at Mallard. Phase one began in the winter of 2013-2014, when we began building a 720,000-bushel bin that was completed by the 2014 harvest. “This new receiving site has been a great investment for MaxYield,” Bormann said. In 2014-2015, MaxYield has added a second 720,000-bushel bin that will be put into service this fall. “This allowed us to phase out some outdated storage and eliminate some outdoor storage,” Bormann said. “We think phase two will position us well for a few years before we focus on phase three.”



• New bin at Fostoria. As MaxYield’s business has continued to expand at Fostoria, so has the location’s grain complex. New bins were added in 2007 and 2011, followed by a new 720,000-bushel bin in 2015 that will be put into service later this year. “We made these investments based on the business growth at Fostoria, the bushels we were transferring out of Fostoria at harvest, and the amount of grain we were piling on the ground,” Bormann said. “The new bin will allow us to continue providing excellent client service.” In addition, MaxYield’s board has approved plans to sell up to 375,000 bushels of the new bin’s 720,000-bushel capacity as condo storage. By early July, MaxYield had sold more than 95,000 bushels of condo storage, Bormann said. Because of the strong yield prospects for the 2015 crop, several clients have asked to purchase condo storage. For this reason, we will re-open our condo storage offering until Sept. 30, 2015, or until we sell the remaining units. Give us a call at 800-383-0003 for more details and to request a prospectus.

MaxYield will also continue to look for more ways to improve its facilities and meet clients’ grain needs throughout the cooperative, Bormann said. “We’re gearing up our facilities to help you harvest quickly and serve you efficiently.”

Greg Sweeney Named MaxYield Seed, Agronomy & SciMax Team Leader

20130115_maxyield_075 compGreg Sweeney has been named to the position of Seed, Agronomy and SciMax Solutions Team Leader for MaxYield Cooperative. The appointment was announced recently by Keith Heim, CEO for MaxYield Cooperative and will be effective December 31, 2016.

Sweeney will assume the position currently held by Larry Arndt, who recently announced his intention to retire from the company in December 2016.

Greg will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for MaxYield Seed/Agronomy plus SciMax Solutions and GE-Max Nutrients LLC. Sweeney will also be responsible for product purchasing, pricing, inventory management, and the education and development of the seed and agronomy sales teams.

Sweeney and Arndt will work together over the next year to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

“MaxYield is grateful for Larry’s leadership and dedication to our cooperative during his 12 year tenure here,” said Heim. “During Larry’s time at MaxYield, we have moved forward as a solutions based agronomy company, and with our initiatives in seed, precision agriculture and data and information management.”

Heim went on to say that, “We are also excited to have Greg step up into this new position. He will spend each day finding ways to elevate our seed, agronomy, and SciMax business units and help us achieve our goals of increased market share.”

Sweeney, who has been at MaxYield for thirteen years, most recently serving the cooperative as MaxYield Seed Team Leader. Prior positions include Seed Solutions Specialist in MaxYield’s eastern territory and as Agronomy Specialist in the cooperative’s Emmetsburg area.

Sweeney is a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, earning his degree in Agronomy. He lives near Kanawha, IA with his wife Heather and two sons, Owen, age nine and Caleb, age six.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local agriculture based cooperative with 15 locations in Iowa and is headquartered in West Bend. More information about the cooperative can be found at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com, www.MaxYieldSeed.com or www.FromTheField.com.

Lakota Hunting with Heroes Receives Airfare Contribution

DSC_0379 (1024x680)Recently Bernie Becker accepted a contribution for the Lakota “Hunting with Heroes” project. The contribution will pay the airfare to fly soldiers to Iowa for the event in November.

“Hunting with Heroes” provides a pheasant hunting weekend at the Becker farm near Lakota, IA to injured active duty U.S. Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejune, NC.

The weekend will conclude with a Veterans Appreciation Banquet Sunday, November 8, held at the Lakota Eagle Center. Social time begins at 5:00 p.m., with the program at 5:30 p.m.

All area veterans, spouses, and surviving veterans’ spouses are invited to attend this free banquet. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Cathy Kelly at 515-538-0572 or Denny Murra at 319-269-4124 by November 1.

MaxYield Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative that has 16 locations in Iowa. They are headquartered in West Bend, IA.

More information about the local cooperative can be found at: www.MaxYieldCooperative.com and www.FromTheField.com.

MaxYield Supports Ag in the Classroom

DSC_0379 (1024x680)MaxYield Cooperative recently presented a check to North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom in the amount of $500.

North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom educates children in seven Iowa counties about the importance of agriculture. MaxYield’s Adam Suntken presented the contribution to Ag in the Classroom Coordinators and Instructors Leah Reinert, Julie Tweeten, Linda Anderegg, Angie Johnson and Brenda Mormann.

More information about MaxYield Cooperative is available at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com.





MaxYield Cooperative Announces Fiscal Year Results

MaxYield Cooperative® recently announced their fiscal results, for the year ending July 31, 2015.

“The last year brought a more challenging business environment in agriculture, and that is reflected in local savings being less than what we have been accustomed to the last couple of years,” stated MaxYield CEO Keith Heim.

“We began discussing a tighter business climate in early 2014 and our industry has moved into that environment during the last fiscal year.” MaxYield Cooperative achieved Locals Savings from Operations for the 2014-2015 fiscal year of $925,273. Patronage from other cooperatives totaled over $4.1 million. This combination of earnings resulted in a level of pre-tax Total Savings for MaxYield over $5 million.

Heim said that though the business year was challenging, nearly one million dollars in cash will be distributed to members in the form of patronage and Domestic Production Activities Deduction pass-through.

The cooperative’s annual meeting is slated for December 17, 2015 at the Britt Community Center.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local member owned cooperative with 15 locations and is headquartered in West Bend, Iowa. More information regarding the cooperative is available online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com.