February 23, 2019

Archives for July 2016

2016 MaxYield Interns Blooper Video

We learned a lot this summer, but we had fun too! See some behind the scenes footage of our intern videos.

MaxYield Feeds Champions

Halle Jo Johnson Reserve Champion Market Gilt & Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt Winnebago County Fair

Halle Jo Johnson
Reserve Champion Market Gilt & Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt
Winnebago County Fair

Last week was very successful for clients of MaxYield Feed. Since last week, MaxYield has fed five Champion or Reserve Champion breeding or market hogs.

Congratulations to the people involved in providing quality solutions in order to make these youth & families successful.

For feed and show feed solutions, contact Eric Malek, 515-341-1230 or Kody Trampel, 515-341-0166.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Johnson Champion Market Barrow Winnebago County Fair

Luke Johnson
Champion Market Barrow
Winnebago County Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Anderson Supreme Champion Market Hog Palo Alto County Fair

Matt Barrickman Champion Breeding Gilt North Iowa Fair Open Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bri Smeby Champion Market Hog North Iowa Fair Open Show

Bri Smeby
Champion Market Hog
North Iowa Fair Open Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Anderson Supreme Champion Market Hog Palo Alto County Fair

Jordan Anderson
Supreme Champion Market Hog
Palo Alto County Fair

 

 

 

 

Grain Accounting and Finance Intern: Celeste Swanson

20160719_maxyield_327What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am the Corporate Grain Accounting and Finance Intern. I am largely involved in the grain department, but I also help the accounting and finance team with projects. I spend a lot of my time balancing settlements, working with price later contracts, making spreadsheets and balancing payments and accounts. I also assist with Enogen corn settlements, batch tickets and contacting farmers about the Enogen program.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you so far at MaxYield?

Rick Abrahamson is my main mentor, but I also receive guidance from Cassie Denger and Susan Post. All of my mentors are great to work with. They are always willing to help and are phenomenal teachers when I have questions.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

I have enjoyed getting to know the people that I work with at MaxYield. Building strong professional and personal relationships has always been important to me, and MaxYield has given me the opportunity to do both. I know the connections I make at MaxYield will be good resources for me as I narrow down my career path in agriculture. I have also enjoyed learning about a side of the ag industry that is so new to me. Growing up on a family farm I learned a lot about the day-to-day operations and my time at Iowa State has taught me about the economics of agriculture. Grain accounting is a new experience for me and I am loving it so far.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After graduating from Iowa State University with degrees in Agricultural Business, Economics, International Agriculture and a minor in Statistics, I plan to pursue a career that allows me to utilize the skills I have learned focusing on crop insurance or governmental statistical data. I would love to work for the USDA or the Iowa Ag Department statistic division. I am also enjoying the grain accounting side of my internship at MaxYield and I would be open to opportunities in a grain accounting career.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

The Corporate Grain Accounting and Finance Intern at MaxYield should definitely like numbers. You will be dealing with math, spreadsheets, balancing accounts and more every day. If you have a knack for math this internship is a great opportunity. I would also encourage them to be outgoing and be ready to have fun because everyone at MaxYield is great to work with and every day is a new experience.

Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling Intern: Ryan Anderson

20160614_maxyield_442What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am one of MaxYield’s Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling Interns, so much of my time is spent in the field. I spent the first month and a half doing soil sampling with SciMax and learning about the importance of data management. After all the sampling work was completed I started helping with seed signs, chemical pick-up, and crop scouting.  I am looking forward to advancing my agronomy knowledge throughout the remainder of the summer.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you at MaxYield?

My mentor is Cody Ostendorf and he has been great to work with. Cody was a MaxYield intern not too long ago himself, so he is easy to relate to. He is good at what he does and when I have a question he goes in-depth to explain the answer and makes sure that I understand everything I need to. Cody is a great resource to have and I have enjoyed working with him this summer.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

I have enjoyed crop scouting with Cody this summer. When I am with Cody he teaches me the whole process from weed identification, to determining how the weed is affecting the crop, to finding a solution to the problem.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After I graduate from Iowa State I hope to return to my family’s farm. In addition to farming, I would also like to sell seed or be an agronomist at a co-op. What I like about my internship with MaxYield is that I am gaining knowledge in a wide variety of areas that will help me in my future career. It will be important for me to know how to identify weeds and to be able to recognize the importance of data management as I continue to grow my agriculture career.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

I would tell a future Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling intern to take advantage of all the learning opportunities at MaxYield. You can never have too much knowledge about agriculture and everyone at MaxYield is very good at what they do. Learn from the MaxYield team members by asking questions and getting involved, because hands-on learning is a whole different experience than learning in the classroom.

Crop Scouting and Soil Sampling Intern: Connor Langerman

20160613_maxyield_174What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I spent the first part of my summer soil sampling for SciMax. The last part of the summer will be spent scouting fields for weeds and crop damage. I will learn about weed identification and how to find solutions customized to a specific problem.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you at MaxYield?

Throughout the soil sampling process my mentor was Rodney Legleiter. He gave us all the tools and skillset we needed to be successful and was great at answering questions if we had any. Now that I have been crop scouting, my mentor is Tim Bruns. Tim is very knowledgeable and good at what he does. I am excited to learn from him as I continue crop scouting this summer.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

What I like about being a crop scouting and soil sampling intern is that my summer has been very diverse. I have gained skills in agronomy, ag systems technology and more. I also like the hands-on aspect of the internship. At MaxYield the interns are given freedom and responsibility, which brings us plenty of opportunities to get our hands dirty and learn from real-life situations.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After I graduate from South Dakota State University with a degree in Ag Systems Technology I hope to work at an agriculture cooperative as an Ag Systems Technology Specialist or an Agronomy Specialist. My time at MaxYield has shown me how a cooperative works and given me a good look at what working at a cooperative is like. This experience will help me in the future as I narrow down my career path.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

I would tell a future intern to get involved in the cooperative. There are many people that you can learn from at MaxYield and everyone is more than willing to help the interns learn. MaxYield is a successful, growing company and it is important to take advantage of the wide variety of learning opportunities available to you.

Cost of 4-H Membership Decreased in Dickinson County

Hannah Brockshus, county youth coordinator and Zachary Myer, school program coordinator, accept a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H enrollment in Dickinson County.

Hannah Brockshus, county youth coordinator and Zachary Myer, school program coordinator, accept a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H enrollment in Dickinson County.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented Dickinson County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs.

“We are continuing our support of local 4-H and our commitment to our youth,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield Client Relations Director. “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10.00 per 4-H member in order to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

Meyer said the cooperative has two goals in providing the program. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Secondly, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission in supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributed $1860 to Dickinson County Extension and Outreach and will contribute more than $15,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

“We believe that 4-H is one of the cornerstones in developing youth and 4-H provides an excellent foundation to build strong families. 4-H also provides a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture and its exciting future,” commented Meyer.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Founded in 1915, MaxYield Cooperative is headquartered in West Bend, Iowa. More information about the cooperative can be found online at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com and at www.FromTheField.com.

 

 

Condolences to Mike Right Family…

It is with deep regret we pass along we were notified by local law enforcement that MaxYield team member Mike Right passed yesterday morning in an incident outside of work.

Mike was a valued member of our millwright team and has worked at MaxYield for six years.

He will be greatly missed and we very much appreciate his dedication to our company.

Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time go out to Mike’s family, friends and teammates.

 

 

 

Agronomy Sales Intern: Shelby Wagner

20160614_maxyield_378What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am the Seed and Agronomy Sales intern at MaxYield Cooperative. This entails installing WinField’s R7 tool in hundreds of fields and meeting with agronomy specialists to analyze data from the tool. I also do some crop scouting and meeting directly with farmers.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you succeed at MaxYield?

My mentor is Dan Stokes and he is great to work with. He is a seasoned agronomist and always helps me learn whenever I have questions. Dan is just as excited to work with me as I am to learn from him, which has made for a great summer so far.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

My favorite part of my internship so far has been meeting and visiting with growers.  It’s interesting to learn from farmers and talk with them about how they make decisions and why they choose to use certain practices over others. One thing I’ve realized this summer is that it is important to understand a farmer’s operation so that, as an agronomist, I can find the best solutions to maximize their yields. I have also learned that every farm is unique and one solution will not work for every farmer.

What are your career goals after graduation?

My career goal after graduation is to be an agronomy specialist at a cooperative.  I’ve had a great experience at MaxYield and my time here has helped me to confirm that the cooperative life is for me.  I enjoy the cooperative atmosphere and like that it is run by farmers, owned by farmers and benefits the farmers.  Everyone is working towards a common goal and there is a sense of family.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

MaxYield has an impressive internship program and they present you with a lot of opportunities to grow yourself and your knowledge of agriculture.  Agronomy sales is challenging, so obtaining an internship where that is your main focus is a great way to get your feet wet and start practicing cold calls and developing sales skills.

Agronomy Operations Intern: Trent Taglauer

20160613_maxyield_257What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I have several different responsibilities as the Agronomy Operations Intern at the Algona location. I help mix fertilizer, assemble chemical orders, work with clients, work with my agronomist to identify problems and provide solutions and I also help maintain the shop so it is up to safety protocol.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you at MaxYield?

My mentor is Chuck Bormann and he is a great teacher and a great resource for me to have. Chuck is very dedicated to the intern program and wants to make sure that I have the best experience possible at MaxYield. I have learned a lot from him, especially in the chemical and fertilizer areas, as well as client care.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

Throughout the summer I have had the opportunity to meet many experienced farmers and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to talk with them. Being a young person interested in agriculture, these farmers have wisdom that is invaluable to me. It’s been a great experience getting to learn about farming practices in northern Iowa, because they are very different than where I’m from in southern Iowa.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After graduation I hope to get involved with agribusiness through agronomy. My Ag Business and Agronomy majors at Iowa State will help me with that, but my time at MaxYield will definitely give me a leg up. The knowledge I’m gaining about chemicals and learning how to create a solution based on a specific problem will help me in my agronomy career in the future.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

If someone were looking into an Agronomy Operations internship at MaxYield I would tell them to go in with the mind of a sponge. Try to absorb everything you can from all departments at MaxYield. You will get a lot out of your internship if you view every situation as an opportunity to learn something new. I would also advise them to be flexible, hardworking, good at working with people and to be passionate about agriculture.

Soil Sampling / Crop Scouting Intern: Riley Kindwall

20160613_maxyield_205What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

At MaxYield I do soil sampling for the SciMax team and I do crop scouting for my agronomist. I also help manage test plots and put up seed signs. All of these responsibilities lead to a well-rounded internship. I have had the opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills and the knowledge I have gained here will help me as I continue to grow in the ag field.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you at MaxYield?

My mentor is Steve Schany and he has been great to work with. He is very easy to talk to and always makes sure all my questions are answered before I start a task. Steve has been a great resource to me as I continue to learn more about agronomy and some of the technology related to agriculture.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

This summer I have enjoyed getting to know the people around me and having the opportunity to work with the other MaxYield team members. Everyone at MaxYield is excited to have interns around and they all want to make sure that we learn as much as we can while we are here. I am also looking forward to crop scouting and getting to learn more about weed and disease identification.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After I graduate from DMACC and Iowa State with my Ag Business degree, I hope to get involved with ag sales, whether that is on the animal side or the crop side. My time at MaxYield has given me the opportunity to gain first hand sales experience. It has been interesting to learn about how to work with clients and the different level of care that each client requires. The skills I’m learning here will definitely help me down the road as I pursue a career in sales.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to intern with MaxYield?

I would tell a future intern that they shouldn’t be scared of not knowing what to do. Internships are all about learning and everyone at MaxYield is more than happy to answer questions and help you with whatever you need. I would also tell them that you get out of it what you put into it, so show up every day with a good attitude and a good work ethic and the hard work will pay off.