May 25, 2018

Zach Merfeld: Agronomy Specialist Trainee

Although Zach Merfeld didn’t grow up on a farm, he found a home in agriculture at MaxYield Cooperative as an Agronomy Specialist Trainee. Originally from Clear Lake, he worked for area farmers throughout high school and pursued a degree in Agricultural Studies with a minor in Agronomy at Iowa State University, graduating in December 2017.

Merfeld was not an intern at MaxYield prior to starting his full-time career. The learning opportunities the trainee program offers drew him to the position. “MaxYield is always staying ahead on the technology side of things, which I think will only grow in the future,” stated Merfeld. “I enjoy the challenge of helping farmers stay a step ahead in efficiency and maximizing the potential of their ground.”

Q: How would you describe your experience so far at MaxYield?

A: I really enjoy coming to work every day because it’s an exciting environment and my co-workers are fun to be around. Since starting in January, some of my daily tasks have included delivering seed and checking fields.

Q: Do you have advice for future college graduates seeking their first full-time career position?

A: Future college graduates looking for their full-time position can’t be afraid to get out of their comfort zone. They’re going to be doing lots of new and intimidating things once they start their career. They have to be prepared to ask questions in order to learn and succeed.

Q: As a recent college graduate, what did you do in college that helped make you a better team member at MaxYield?

A: Getting involved in campus organizations got me out of my comfort zone and shaped me into a better communicator. The communication skills I gained while in college made it easier for me to talk to farmers and ask important questions once I started my position here.

 

MaxYield Seed IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals Returns to Hancock County Speedway

$2500 to win, $300 to start

Officials with the Hancock County Speedway announced today that MaxYield Seed will continue as title sponsor of the IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals held in Britt, IA. The event will be presented on June 19th by, DeKalb/Asgrow, Croplan by WinField and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

“We are happy to have MaxYield Seed and their partners back on board for this event,” said Josh Omans of 4 Wide Promotions. “A year ago we guaranteed more money to main event starters by paying $300 to start,” stated Omans.

Like last year, the 2018 edition of the MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals will pay $2500 to win guaranteed. 46 SportMods competed in the event in 2017.

Race purse highlights include second earning $1200, third place paying $1000, fifth place worth $700, tenth place earns $500 and the event pays $300 to start.

“We are pleased to continue our association with the Hancock County Speedway. The MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals is a great client appreciation event for our growers. It has also been exciting to see the growth in car count the last couple years of the event, and with the changes and increased purse money that 4 Wide Promotions has committed, we think this event will continue to get bigger,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield client relations/communications director.

The winner of the DeKalb/Asgrow Dash, which determines the starting order of the top qualifiers, earns $200, while the Croplan by WinField Hard Charger Award nets $100 to the driver advancing the most positions from their original starting spot in the main event. Top finishers in the Latham Hi-Tech Seed Last Chance Qualifiers earn their way into the championship feature.

The main event will be 30 laps in length, with no scheduled pit stop at halfway, and starts 24 cars.

The 2018 edition of the IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals will take place Tuesday, June 19th.

Fargo, North Dakota’s Jesse Skalicky was last year’s winner of the event and the six-foot tall trophy.

Past winners also include Tim Donlinger – 2007, Nate Chodur – 2008, 2010, 2013, Adam Ackerman –

2009, Doug Smith – 2011, Matt Lettow – 2012, Aaron Benson – 2014, Nick Meyer – 2015 and Johnathon Logue in 2016.

 

More information about the Hancock County Speedway and MaxYield Seed can be found at www.hancockcountyspeedway.com and www.MaxYieldSeed.com.

Cenex Warranty Pays Off Big for Otis

MaxYield energy solutions specialist, Mark Collins (right), presents a check totaling more than $21,000 to Wesley, IA area farmers Jim Otis and his son Brady.

Wesley, IA area farmer Jim Otis and his son Brady were already believers in the Cenex Total Protection Plan offered by MaxYield Cooperative. After collecting $21,841.15 for parts and labor in a recent warranty claim, their loyalty and belief in Cenex Lubricants is even more solid. Mark Collins, energy solutions specialist at MaxYield Cooperative, delivered the check.

“We have our combine and two tractors on the Total Protection Plan. I didn’t know anything about this warranty until Mark brought this to us a few years ago. Anything that I can put on this warranty, I do,” said Jim. “For $299 to sign up, it’s a lot cheaper than the dealer’s warranty and gives us better protection.”

The problems with their John Deere 9630T started last fall. “The engine had a miss and was puffing black smoke,” said Brady. “We took it to the dealer and they checked the head and put in one new piston and new injectors. It was down on compression in one of the cylinders and they said it looked like a possible injector failure.”

Both Jim and Brady were grateful for the support of both MaxYield and Cenex. “Chuck Hamilton at Cenex told me to send the entire bill to them and he would respond with what they would pay. I was very happy with the claim.”

Brady added, “This was the easiest warranty process I have ever been a part of.”

The recent warranty claim was not the only thing that the Otis’ were happy about, Jim said. “I had a previous tractor that I owned on the warranty. During maintenance work at the dealer, metal filings were found in a screen. After checking the oil sample sent to Cenex, they recommended to keep running the tractor. If I would not have had the support of Chuck and Cenex, we would have had the tractor apart and paid for repairs we didn’t need.”

“If there ever was a no-brainer in farming, this is definitely it,” says Collins. “For the small amount of money you spend on the plan, compared to the high cost of today’s equipment and repairs, it’s very worthwhile protection for both new and used equipment. And as far as the quality of the products goes, there’s nothing better on the market, period.”

More information about Cenex lubricants and the Total Protection Plan is available at any MaxYield location or by contacting them online at www.MaxYieldEnergy.com.

MaxYield Decreases Wright County 4-H Membership Dues

Jessica Norman, Wright County Extension county youth coordinator, accepts a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H membership.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented Wright 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 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 nearly $1500 to Wright County Extension and will contribute more than $18,000 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.

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 and www.FromTheField.com.

 

Benjamin McClain Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Benjamin McClain is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Dennis and Donna McClain of Everly, IA. McClain will graduate from Clay Central Everly High School and plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Animal Science.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in 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 www.FromTheField.com.

Halle Jo Johnson Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Halle Jo Johnson is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Mark Johnson of Leland. Johnson is a graduate of Forest City High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Business and Economics.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in 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 www.FromTheField.com.

 

Nathan Nedved Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Nathan Nedved is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Lewis and Andrea Nedved of Britt. Nedved is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Studies.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative. Nedved is a two-time ag scholarship recipient from MaxYield Cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in 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 www.FromTheField.com.

Alison Bueltel Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Alison Bueltel is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Sandi Bueltel of Estherville. Bueltel is a graduate of Spirit Lake High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Animal Science and International Agriculture.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative. Bueltel is a two-time ag scholarship recipient from MaxYield Cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in 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 www.FromTheField.com.

 

Andrew Dornbier Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Andrew Dornbeir is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Phillip and Michelle Dornbier of Garner. Dornbier is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Engineering.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative. Dornbier is a two-time ag scholarship recipient from MaxYield Cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in 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 www.FromTheField.com.

 

Morgan White Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Morgan White is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Brad and Jill White from Estherville. White will graduate from Estherville Lincoln Central High School and plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag and Society.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in 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 www.FromTheField.com.