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Archives for August 2016

Connor Langerman, soil sampling/crop scouting intern

20160613_maxyield_172Connor Langerman is no stranger to MaxYield, since he grew up in the Whittemore area. After talking with Eric Goodman, a SciMax Solutions specialist, and previous MaxYield interns, Langerman knew a MaxYield internship was right for him.

“I’d been hearing good things about MaxYield and am glad I took this internship,” said Langerman, 20, a junior at South Dakota State University who is majoring in ag systems technology. “I’m surprised by how much I’ve learned.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: There are so many things you can do in agriculture, and there are lots of good jobs. It’s a growing field where the technology is constantly changing and advancing.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield soil sampling/crop scouting internship?

A: The MaxYield team always takes the time to teach you. I like precision ag and making prescription maps. I’ve taken information I’ve learned back to my family’s manure pumping business, Langerman Enterprises, which serves hog units through northern Iowa. If you’re looking for a good internship, MaxYield is a great opportunity.

Q: How have you benefited by having Tim Bruns as your mentor at MaxYield?

A: Tim is very knowledgeable and always takes the time to show me things and teach me. Since there’s a lot about agriculture that you don’t learn in school, you can’t beat being in the field with someone who has years of experience.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  I definitely want to work in agriculture and would like to come back to northern Iowa.

Editor’s note: Connor is the son of Jim and Stacie Langerman of Whittemore. In his free time, Connor enjoys fishing, hunting, boating and camping.

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Tim Bruns, agronomy specialist

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Connor?
 Connor has a good basic knowledge of agriculture. He’s also inquisitive, asks good questions and definitely wants to learn. I appreciate how he continues to keep an eye on the fields where he did soil testing this spring.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?

A: The internship program is a win-win for everyone. The interns get to experience how MaxYield provides solutions for clients. MaxYield benefits from having more help during the summer and a proven way to recruit talent for our team. While the students discover that there is no perfect job as they experience the realities of full-time work, their internship helps them make a more informed career decision. We like to stay in touch with these students after their MaxYield internship is done and they pursue their career goals.

MaxYield Cooperative Announces Fiscal Year Results

WEST BEND, IA, August 30, 2016 – MaxYield Cooperative® recently announced their fiscal results, for the year ending July 31, 2016.

“We began discussing a tighter business climate in early 2014 and cooperatives, our members and the ag industry as a whole have been challenged financially during the last fiscal year,” stated MaxYield CEO Keith Heim.

“Revenues were down this year due to decreased grain margins, and reduced farmer spending. The effects of the Avian Flu outbreak on revenue for our subsidiary GE-Max Nutrients LLC and the conclusion of our grain origination agreement with Green Plains Renewable Energy also contributed to less local earnings in 2016,” Heim said.

MaxYield Cooperative achieved Locals Savings from Operations for the 2015-2016 fiscal year of $240,105. Patronage from other cooperatives totaled over $4.6 million. This combination of earnings resulted in a level of pre-tax Total Savings for MaxYield of $4.9 million.

Heim also noted that even though the fiscal year was challenging, the cooperative continues to have a strong balance sheet. “Though we added term debt to complete the purchase of seven new locations, we have added over $4.0 million to working capital in 2016. MaxYield also increased our retained savings, which now totals over $42.0 million. In 1997, retained savings were $-122,242, so you can see we continue to make progress in strengthening the financial position of MaxYield,” he said.

The cooperative’s annual meeting is slated for December 14, 2016 at the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona.

About MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative is a member-owned, diversified agricultural cooperative founded in 1915 and is headquartered in West Bend, IA. The cooperative has 24 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for two Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com.

Jake Baur, grain operations intern

20160613_maxyield_053While Jake Baur had a construction job last summer, he wanted to learn more about agriculture, especially grain operations and grain quality. MaxYield offered a unique opportunity.

“I saw MaxYield at the ISU Ag Career Day and was interested in their internships, because grain is the main focus of my family’s farm near Winterset,” said Baur, 20, an ISU junior majoring in ag systems technology. “The more I can learn about grain, the better.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I’ve grown up around agriculture and was raised on a farm that has been in our family for 160 years. You get to do something different every day in farming. Agriculture is also a huge part of the global economy.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield grain operations internship?

A: I’ve learned a lot from this internship. I’ve stayed busy loading and unloading grain. One time I helped load soybeans on the first 25-car train that came through Dickens in 15 years. It has been interesting to help with maintenance on the grain-handling equipment, too. MaxYield has also let me work on the agronomy side by delivering chemicals and doing other jobs.

Q: How have you benefited by having Ron Sikora as your mentor at MaxYield?

A: Working with Ron is great, because he’s straightforward, easy to get along with, very helpful and he doesn’t micromanage.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  Eventually I’d like to get back to my family’s farm and go into production agriculture full time.

Editor’s note: In his free time, Jake enjoys working out, playing video games, reading and playing some of his favorite sports, including rugby. Jake played four sports a year in high school and is now involved in ISU’s Rugby Club and Triathlon Club. 

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Ron Sikora, Dickens and Fostoria location leader

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Jake?
 Jake has been a big asset to us. He catches on quickly and is willing to do whatever needs to be done. He’s a great guy.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?

A: It’s satisfying to see students learn and grow. The internship program also benefits MaxYield, since it helps us recruit new talent.

Laura Klaes, communications intern

20160613_maxyield_123What is one of Laura Klaes’ biggest concerns about the future of agriculture? Public perception skewed by misinformation. That’s why she has interned with ISU’s small-farm sustainability program, the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center in Ames and now MaxYield, handling everything from social media to web content.

“I want to help people learn more about the families who work on Iowa’s farms,” said Klaes, 20, a junior at ISU who is double majoring in ag communications and ag and society (the former public service administration program). “Telling the farmers’ stories helps keep people connected to agriculture.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I’ve been in ag my whole life. My parents, Curt and Mary Klaes, operate a row-crop operation and beef feedlot near Osage. I was a member of the Osage High Towers 4-H Club and served as FFA president at Osage High School. I enjoy working with the people in agriculture and learning their stories.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield communications internship?
A: I like the client relations part of the internship, which has involved working on MaxYield’s tractor calendar, creating videos of the 2016 MaxYield interns, writing blog posts and gathering information from SciMax Solutions clients for the Iowa Environmental Stewards Award nominations. Getting to know the other MaxYield interns has been really fun, too. I’ve also broadened my network, since many of these interns are at ISU. I first heard about my MaxYield internship from another ISU student, Taylor Kluver, who had this role last summer. I did a lot of research by reading all of Taylor’s MaxYield blog posts and watching the 2015 intern videos, which were very helpful. I would definitely recommend an MYC internship, because you can take advantage of a wide range of opportunities.

Q: How have you benefited by having Chad Meyer as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Chad is a seasoned professional. I can ask him questions and bounce ideas off him, which is really helpful. I also like the amount of freedom he gives me. He and the other MaxYield team members don’t micromanage you but encourage you to take the initiative.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I want to work in ag and am willing to take a job outside of Iowa, although I would like to come back to Iowa. A big part of finding a job is who you know. MaxYield has given me many great opportunities to meet many ag business professionals.

Editor’s note: In her free time, Laura enjoys running and spending time with her family, including her nieces (baby twin girls) and cousins in Osage, as well as her older sister, Elizabeth, who works in the editorial department of Our Iowa magazine in Ames.

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Chad Meyer, member relations/communications
Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Laura?
A: From day one, Laura came to MaxYield with a can-do attitude. She’s always positive, ready to learn and has done a great job with each project assigned to her. In addition to being a skilled interviewer and writer, she has great ideas on how to make projects or the internship better, and she isn’t afraid to speak up when the time is right. Laura has been a big help, allowing me to focus on other areas of MaxYield this summer.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?
A: MaxYield’s client relations/communications internship gives students real-world experience in writing, social media, blogging, project creation, video production and much more. I welcome the chance to serve as a mentor to not only Laura, but the other MaxYield interns. In a small way, the internship program allows us to give back to agriculture and our rural communities. It’s great to see interns and MaxYield mentors grow professionally by being involved in the program

Shelby Wagner, seed and agronomy sales internship

20160614_maxyield_378Shelby Wagner, seed and agronomy sales internship

 Graduation is fast approaching for Shelby Wagner, who will earn her agronomy degree from ISU this December. Her MaxYield seed and agronomy sales internship has helped her learn to “talk farmer” and become a solutions provider.

“I’ve learned a lot about what makes a grower’s operation successful,” said Wagner, 23, whose persistence was rewarded when she was accepted into the MaxYield internship program the second time she applied. “I’ve also learned that the right solutions vary for each grower. I want to help them select the right inputs for their operation.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I grew up on a farm near West Bend where my family raises corn, soybeans and feeder cattle. When I started my college journey, I was an animal ecology major. After I interned with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), I decided this wasn’t quite the right fit for me. My uncle suggested I take an agronomy class, and I absolutely loved it.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield seed and agronomy sales internship?

A: I like working with farmers and learning from them. I’ve done some crop scouting and have been working with growers on the R7 field monitoring tool from WinField. There’s a lot of interest in this technology, which is a good stepping stone into precision ag. I’ve also worked with some of the other MaxYield interns this summer. It’s fun to learn about their experiences and bounce ideas off of each other. I encourage other students to apply for a MaxYield internship, because it’s a great opportunity.

Q: How have you benefited by having Dan Stokes as your mentor at MaxYield?
Dan is great. He’s got a lot of experience and knows a lot. If I have questions, he gets me the answers I need. He’s really patient and is willing to involve me and introduce me to people.

Everyone at MaxYield is really welcoming and has gone out of their way to help me. MaxYield’s internship is the best, in terms of how they treat people. They really spoil us, compared to other internships, and they also have high standards. The interns are walking billboards for MaxYield.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  I’d like to stay in Iowa, preferably in northwest Iowa. My goal is to be an agronomist. Maybe I’d even like to work for MaxYield. I know a lot of people who work here and really enjoy their jobs.

            Editor’s note: Shelby is the daughter of Kirk and Julie Wagner. In her free time, Shelby enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing, crocheting and reading. She’s also in the Agronomy Club and Line Dancing Club at ISU.


A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Dan Stokes, seed solutions specialist  

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Shelby?
 The thing that really stands out from the first day I met Shelby is that she always has a smile on her face and has a positive attitude—things you don’t always see these days. Shelby comes to MaxYield every day ready to work. She’s always eager to tackle a new project or challenge. She wants to learn and interact with the clients. Shelby also helps the MaxYield team wherever she is needed.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?

A: MaxYield’s internship program helps the interns feel like a part of our team from start to finish. This makes me proud of the MaxYield family. Our internship program is not only a learning experience for the students, but it gives MaxYield team members a fresh perspective through the eyes of our younger generation. New ideas are always welcomed and encouraged by MaxYield’s team members. As a mentor, it’s great to get to know the interns and help give them guidance to become a valuable asset to our nation’s workforce.

Ryan Anderson, soil sampling/crop scouting intern

ryan anderson (681x1024)While Ryan Anderson’s family has done business with MaxYield for years, Anderson has experienced a whole new side of the cooperative. The Clarion native was inspired to take a look at MaxYield’s internships when he met with MaxYield team members at Iowa State University’s (ISU) Ag Career Day.

“I wanted to see how MaxYield works from planting to harvest,” said Anderson, 19, an ISU sophomore who is majoring in ag studies and minoring in agronomy. “I wanted to learn as much as I can.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up on a corn and soybean farm north of Clarion and am interested in agronomy. It’s pretty awesome how one small seed can grow into a big plant.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield soil sampling/crop scouting internship?
A: In the first month and a half I scouted fields with my mentor and scouted on my own. MaxYield also helps you learn more about things that interest you. If I want to ride with an applicator, MaxYield gives me those opportunities. This is a great internship if you want to learn a lot about agriculture.

Q: How have you benefited by having Cody Ostendorf as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Cody is always available to answer my questions and help me learn, but he lets me do my own thing, too. He’s good at giving in-depth answers so I really learn what’s going on.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’d like to stay in north-central Iowa and would eventually like to return to my family’s farm. Until then, I’m looking into careers in seed sales or agronomy.

Editor’s note: Ryan is the son of Scott and Melinda Anderson of Clarion. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. At ISU he’s a member of the Ducks Unlimited Club, the Farm Operations Club and the Beginning Farmer Network.

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Cody Ostendorf, agronomy specialist

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Ryan?
A: It can be rare to find someone who was raised to work hard and work intelligently. Ryan has a very good work ethic and is eager to do whatever is asked of him. He also makes sure his work is done correctly and efficiently. Plus, he has a good personality, so it’s enjoyable to work around him.
Ryan also has a personal motivation in this internship because he wants to farm with his dad after he graduates. Ryan is focused on learning as much about agronomy as possible so he can apply it to his future operation.
Since he’s from the Clarion area, Ryan already knows quite a few MaxYield clients and has provided a lot of insight about some of their operations. It has been fun to watch how he has used his new skill set to interact with people he has known most of his life.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?
A: I like how flexible the internships can be. Each has specified tasks that need to be accomplished, but we can ensure the interns experience what they want to, as well. During my 2010 agronomy sales internship with MaxYield, I also wanted to work in operations and grain purchasing to determine what I enjoyed the most. I decided my passion was agronomy sales, but I was happy I could explore other aspects of the business. A MaxYield internship helps students make an educated career choice.

Grain Operations Intern: Jake Baur

20160613_maxyield_053What are some responsibilities you have at MaxYield?

I am the 2016 Grain Operations Intern for MaxYield. This summer I have had the opportunity to be responsible for a wide variety of operations tasks not only in the grain department, but also in agronomy operations. I have helped manage conditions in the bins, transfer grain between bins, load and unload trucks and grain carts, load the tending trucks and sprayers and I even had the opportunity to oversee all the chemical shed operations.

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

My mentor is Ron Sikora and working with him has been a great learning experience for me. Ron trusts me and lets me try a wide variety of jobs at the Dickens location. He gives me responsibilities and allows me to work on my own, but if I ever need help or have a question, he is more than happy to help. Ron is good at what he does and I have enjoyed learning from him this summer.

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

I enjoy the team atmosphere at MaxYield. All the team-members are great to work with and they genuinely care about each other and the cooperative. Also, because I have worked in both grain and agronomy operations this summer, I have had the opportunity to meet a wide range of clients. It has been fun to work with them and learn about their farming practices. Another thing I enjoyed was loading a train for MaxYield. That was a new experience for me and I am glad I had the chance to help.

What are your career goals after graduation?

After I graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Ag Systems Technology I hope to start my own farming enterprise. The operation and networking skills I gained at MaxYield will help me be successful as I operate my own farm.

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

I would suggest that a grain operations intern at MaxYield be someone who is willing to take advantage of every opportunity that they are given. There is always something that needs to be done at your location, and you can learn a great deal just by being willing to help out and try new things.