December 11, 2019

Archives for May 2019

Hunting with Heroes Makes a Difference in the Lives of Wounded Veterans

Since 2011, MaxYield Cooperative has been a proud supporter of Hunting with Heroes. Hunting with Heroes is a non-profit organization centered on the physical and emotional healing of America’s veterans. Each year, 4-6 Marines are flown to Iowa from the Wounded Warrior Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to begin their trip of camaraderie, hunting, and healing. MaxYield Cooperative is happy to play a small part in these veterans’ journeys by covering the cost of the airfare to and from Des Moines.

Once in Des Moines, the Marines travel to Lakota, Iowa where they stay and hunt for the duration of the trip. But this is not “just” a hunting trip. Hunting with Heroes makes an impact on the emotional and mental wellbeing of our nation’s veterans. Captain James Nash’s story is one of the many success stories from Hunting with Heroes, which we featured on From the Field back in 2015. You can read his story here. More about his time as a Marine and what he is up to now can be seen in this video:

 

 

Hunting with Heroes is truly making a difference in the lives of our nation’s most loyal, committed citizens. The impact the organization is making on the Marines in attendance is real, and MaxYield Cooperative is proud to be a part of their mission.

If you are interested in learning more about Hunting with Heroes, or would like to make a contribution, you can find them on Facebook by searching ‘Hunting with Heroes’ or email jasonb41@yahoo.com.

MaxYield Contributes to Belmond, Britt Fire Departments Fundraising Efforts

WEST BEND, IOWA, May 28- MaxYield Cooperative made a contribution of $2500 each to the fire departments of Britt and Belmond. The funds, presented on May 28, 2019, were matched by MaxYield’s lender CoBank through their Sharing Success program for a total contribution of $5000 to each department.

The Belmond Fire Department will be utilizing their funds to purchase a breathing air compressor and fill station, along with supplementary equipment and installation. The system fills the air bottles that firefighters wear when going into a fire-filled or toxic environment, ensuring they have clean air to breathe. According to Dean Adcock, Belmond Fire Chief, this new equipment will increase the department’s efficiency and ability to serve its own needs.

“[The breathing air compressor] system will make it easier and quicker to refill our air bottles after a call so they are back in service and ready for use. It will also make us less reliant on having someone transport them to a facility where liability, along with timing to fill many bottles is an issue.”

belmond fire department

(Left) Members of the Belmond Fire Department at the check presentation included (from L to R): Chandler Bachman (Operations Manager at MaxYield Belmond location, firefighter), Nolan Ysker (Assistant Chief), Dean Adcock (Chief), Kyle Braun (firefighter).

The Britt Fire Department will be upgrading their fleet with the funds they received. A 1986 1-ton Chevrolet pickup, currently on load from the Iowa DNR, will be upgraded to a safer, newer chassis. In addition, the new truck will also have a few other upgrades, fire chief Jon Swenson explains.

“We would [sic] like to upgrade to an aluminum flatbed that would allow for more storage and help make the truck more efficient. We also need to upgrade the light bars and lights to all LED to make the environment safer for firefighters.” In addition, the new truck will also have a quad-cab and air conditioning.

 

(Left) Those in attendance at the Britt Fire Department Presentation included (from L to R): Andrew Hunt (Captain), Jon Swenson (Chief), Bob Smith (Location Manager at MaxYield Britt location), Eric Marchand (Secretary).

 

“MaxYield Cooperative is proud to help the Belmond and Britt Fire Departments towards their fundraising goals,” stated Emily Campbell, MaxYield Client Relations and Communications Intern. “Volunteer fire departments are some of the most important groups in our communities. Many of our team members and clients are volunteer firefighters themselves, or have been serviced by their local fire department at some point, and it is our pleasure to assist those organizations.”

New Scale Installation at Algona

MaxYield’s grain receiving location in Algona is in the midst of a scale improvement project. As shown in the first photo, the concrete and scale platform from the old east grain receiving area was removed last week.

With the old scale platform removed, workers readied the area for new concrete and placement of the new scale platform.

MaxYield annually invests in upgrading facilities, equipment and rolling stock. The total cost of this project is expected to be $120,000.

The MaxYield Algona location will not be taking grain deliveries during the scale installation, estimated to last until June 3rd.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation! Be sure to call the Algona office at 515-295-2741 for more details and updates on grain receiving.

 

 

Improvements Underway at Greeville Grain Facility

A transformation is taking place at our Greenville grain facility. MaxYield’s millwright and maintenance teams are hard at work improving the grain reclaim and load out equipment at the site.

Though there is a lot of ‘stuff laying around’ the Greenville facility now, when the project is completed, it will have a very positive effect on operations at that location.

Shown in the photos are new bottom conveyors that take the grain to the load out area. Also shown is maintenance team leader Frank Schmidt working in the site’s control room.

Once all of the renovations and upgrades are complete, grain flow and grain load out will be significantly improved. In addition, once renovations are completed, all load out operations can be performed from the Greenville office. This will make operation of the site much more efficient.

Estimated project cost for the facility improvements is $90K.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome 2019 MaxYield Interns!

MaxYield Cooperative welcomed its 2019 Intern Class on Monday, May 20th. The newest members of the MaxYield team began their first day at the West Bend corporate office completing safety training, human resources onboarding, and meeting their mentors. We are excited to see what each of them can do with the skills they will learn this summer!

Logan Besch: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Hawkeye Community College/Iowa State University
Megan Brown: Grain Accounting/Finance, South Dakota State University
Emily Campbell: Communications/Client Relations, Iowa State University
Marissa Cornine: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Iowa State University/Northwest Missouri State University
Hunter Gelhaus: Agronomy Sales, Iowa State University
Nick Hunt: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Iowa State University
Reece Westphal: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Hawkeye Community College

 

Be on the lookout for blog posts and videos highlighting each intern throughout the summer. Welcome to MaxYield Cooperative!

MaxYield Supports Palo Alto County Honor Flight Vets

Recently several donors gathered at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg to wish these Palo Alto County veterans well on their May 11th Honor Flight to Washington DC. MaxYield is proud to provide financial support to help make it happen! Present at the ceremony were…

Front Row: (from left) Terry Chamberlain, VFW Post #2295 Commander, Jerry Dillon, Jack Kibbie, May 11 Honor Flight Vets John VanOosbree (US Army, Vietnam), Gerald Theesfeld (US Army, Vietnam) and Ray Christian (US Army, Vietnam); Bill Ortman, Larry Herbers and Wayne Turck.

Back Row: Wild Rose Representatives Molly Nerem, Katrina Williams and Zach Stewart; Chuck Roberts, Wild Rose General Manager Steve Cody, Emmetsburg Mayor Myrna Heddinger; and Diane Streit, MaxYield Cooperative Representative.

Thank you to the Emmetsburg Reporter/Democrat for the photo!

 

No Grain Deliveries to MaxYield Algona May 20-June 3

++UPDATE…Construction will take a couple more days and we will not be taking grain at least until June 6th.

MaxYield Cooperative in Algona will not be taking grain deliveries May 20th through June 6th due to elevator scale renovations and cannot take grain during this time.

They expect to resume normal grain deliveries soon.

Please call 295-2741 for more details. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we improve grain receiving at Algona.

Keep on Truckin’…MaxYield’s AJ More featured in Farm News

MaxYield’s AJ More was recently featured in the transportation feature in Farm News. To learn more about AJ’s solutions-based approach to his career at MaxYield…check out the story below…

LP driver AJ More named Solutions Provider of the Year
May 13, 2019
By Darcy Dougherty Maulsby – Farm News staff writer (yettergirl@yahoo.com) , Farm News

SUPERIOR -To say the frigid, snowy, brutal winter of 2019 was rough is an understatement, especially for a liquid propane (LP) delivery driver like AJ More, who works for MaxYield Cooperative. That’s why it seemed appealing to stay home and skip MaxYield’s annual team-member appreciation weekend in West Des Moines on February 9.

True to his nature, however, More just kept on trucking and attended the event. When he was named MaxYield’s Solutions Provider of the Year, he was stunned. “It was an unexpected honor,” said More, who is based out of MaxYield’s Superior location. “I was truly humbled.”

More is like the Swiss army knife of the Superior location, thanks to his diverse skills as an LP/gas delivery driver and a custom applicator in agronomy. It all started in January 2014 when he was hired by The Andersons, Inc., which previously owned MaxYield’s Superior location.

“I applied for an applicator job, but the manager said they really need an LP driver,” said More, who likes both jobs. “My wife and I had a newborn baby, so I figured LP delivery might be a better fit.”

It turned out More would have the chance to do both jobs after the Superior location became part of MaxYield in 2016. “MaxYield lets you handle a wide variety of jobs and use your talents,” More said. “I like the variety of my work, since there are different things to do throughout the year.”

To read the full story, head over to http://www.farm-news.com/page/content.detail/id/534597.html.

 

 

New Refined Fuel Trailer Added to Fleet

One of the newest members of MaxYield’s fleet arrived recently and is already making a positive impact on the cooperative’s operations.

This new refined fuel trailer will shine in the sun, but it’s not all sparkle for this workhorse. It can really get the work done!

With its increased capacity and auxiliary lift axles on both the tractor and trailer, this rig can haul up to 9000 gallons of diesel fuel or up to 10,300 gallons of gasoline per trip, which increases efficiency for our transportation team.

Josh Seaman, who spends most of his time operating this tractor-trailer combination, hauls refined fuels from terminals to our bulk storage facilities, our Cenex stores, Cardtrol locations and direct to the farm.

We annually invest in upgrading facilities, technology and rolling stock. This trailer is one example of investing in increased efficiency and less trips down the road.

You can learn more about MaxYield at www.maxyieldcoop.com and more about our energy solutions at www.maxyieldenergy.com.

MaxYield Participates in GTRA STEM Festival

We had fun interacting with students at the STEM Festival held recently at the Graettinger Terrill Community School District.

Kristen Ruppert and Jeannie Lawrence provided our display that featured hands on sensory activities of grinding corn into corn meal from early Native Americans to modern times.

Demonstrating the many uses of corn today was a big hit with the students!