June 25, 2017

Corwith Area Farmer Receives Check from Cenex

MaxYield recently delivered a warranty check to Corwith, IA area farmer, Mark Shipman. The check was delivered to Shipman by Mark Collins, energy solutions specialist for MaxYield Cooperative. The check represents the money paid for a claim submitted under the Cenex Total Protection Plan® program.

Shipman received $5700.14 to cover repairs to his Case IH 290 tractor covered under the Cenex Total Protection Plan, which extends beyond manufacturers’ warranties to provide valuable coverage to farmers who use Cenex premium diesel fuels and lubricants. It covers new equipment for up to 10 years or 10,000 hours and used equipment for up to 8 years or 8,000 hours, with no deductible.

Shipman has all four of his Case IH 290 tractors on the Total Protection Plan. “The Cenex warranty check covered the balance of the claim that his Case IH warranty did not. He was very happy to have that part covered by Cenex,” Collins said.

Enrolling equipment in the Cenex Total Protection Plan was easy. “If there ever was a no-brainer in agriculture, 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.


Skalicky leads every lap of MaxYield Seed IMCA SportMod Nationals race

Anna Ehlers photo.


BRITT, Iowa (June 20) – Jesse Skalicky and his crew had been looking for a special or two that didn’t interfere with their regular Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod weekly racing.

After leading every lap of every race he was in at Hancock County Speedway’s MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals, Skalicky was looking for a place to put his $2,700 in winnings and a very tall trophy for the six-hour tow home to Fargo, N.D.

Skalicky had never raced at Britt before Tuesday night but don’t be surprised to see him return soon. He led every lap of his heat race, drew the pole and repeated that flag-to-flag run in the $200 to win dash, then led every circuit in the $2,500 to win main event.

“”I have never had a night like this. It’s the biggest win I’ve ever been part of,” said Skalicky, whose previous top payday was $400 and dated to his pure stock days. “We had been looking around for specials and one of my crew guys saw this on Facebook.”

“Being on a Tuesday, it didn’t interfere with my weekly racing,” added Skalicky, a regular at Red River Valley Speedway and North Central Speedway. “It was about a six hour trip for my chassis builder, D.J. Kubik at Fury Chassis. He met us at the track and helped.”

Jake Sachau spent much of the 30-lapper chasing Skalicky. Sachau pulled even with the leader following a late restart but was unable to complete the pass and Skalicky pulled away over the last three circuits.

Nate Whitehurst, Matt Looft and Sam Wieben completed the top five. Colby Fett was the $100 Croplan by WinField United Hard charger, advancing 11 positions to seventh.

“We won everything we went into tonight. It was a blast. This was by far one of the coolest tracks I’ve ever been on,” Skalicky said following his eight win of the season. “At a race like this, every­thing has to be perfect, from the draw to the heat to staying out of the ‘B’ and “C” features. We were fortunate to win everything and start up front.”

Forty-six Northern SportMods saw action Tuesday at Britt.

Feature results – 1. Jesse Skalicky; 2. Jake Sachau; 3. Nate Whitehurst; 4. Matt Looft; 5. Sam Wieben; 6. Austin Schrage; 7. Colby Fett; 8. Nate Chodur; 9. Austin Luellen; 10. Johnathon Logue; 11. Jake McBirnie; 12. Taylor Musselman; 13. Nick Meyer; 14. Josh Appel; 15.Josh Meyer; 16. Ryan King; 17. Brett Meyer; 18. Kevin Goben; 19. George Nordman; 20. Jared VanDeest; 21. Gerald Curry; 22. Doug Cook; 23. Jared Boumeester; 24. Chase Rudolf.

“From the Field” – MaxYield Seed Video Updates

MaxYield Seed Team Leader, Dan Bjorklund, discusses early season emergence and stand quality plus corn hybrid difference comparisons, in this video filmed May 26, 2017.


New Phone Numbers at Several MaxYield Locations

The number you dial when you call some MaxYield Cooperative offices will be changing soon. Why is this change happening and what do you need to know as this transition occurs?

  1. The new system will save your cooperative money. The new phone system is an internet-based phone service and MaxYield can save roughly 30 percent, trimming several thousand dollars a month from our phone bill.
  2. The new system will increase efficiency, be easier to maintain and ultimately provide better service for you.

  3. Not all new landline numbers look exactly like local numbers. Because our new phone system is internet-based, not all of our existing phone numbers were transferable to the new system. Fifteen MaxYield locations will have new landline phone numbers.
  4. New local landline numbers include: (800 numbers remain the same)

Belmond:                                      515-200-5140              877-327-4590

Dickens:                                        712-454-1052              800-779-0003

Emmetsburg:                                712-454-1050             800-544-6738

Emmetsburg-Kerber:                   712-454-1055

Energy Central:                            515-200-1362              866-711-7282

Everly:                                           712-454-1038              800-568-2238

Greenville:                                    712-454-1023

Gruver:                                         712-454-1030

Klemme:                                       712-454-1061              800-397-0021                         

Mallard:                                        712-454-1040              800-779-0002

Meservey:                                     515-200-5145

Superior:                                      712-454-1045              800-242-3625

West Bend Location:                   515-200-5123              866-935-7245

West Bend Cenex:                       515-200-5161

West Bend Tires & Service:         515-200-5131

West Bend Corporate Office:     515-200-5115              800-383-0003

*If you call the new numbers from your cell phone, there will be no long distance charges to you. If the call is placed from a landline, we recommend you use one of our 800 numbers to avoid long-distance charges.

**We’ll also keep the old landline phone numbers for six to 12 months after we switch to the new phone system, and any incoming calls will be rolled over to MaxYield’s new phone numbers automatically during that time period.

Contact your nearest MaxYield location with any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we upgrade our phone system to save your cooperative money and increase efficiency!




$10,000 Lottery Prize Sold at Whittemore Cenex

Dennis Demory Wins $10,000

Demory, 62, said he had a gut feeling to buy a $250,000 Riches ticket earlier this month and his intuition paid off.

“I felt lucky,” Demory told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery’s regional office in Mason City.

Demory said he bought his winning ticket May 10 at Whittemore Cenex, 215 Fourth St. in Whittemore.

He said he scratched off his ticket later the same day and returned to Cenex to double-check his work. The staff there was very excited for him, he said.

“(They said) I can’t believe it, coming from this small town of Whittemore,” Demory said.

Demory, who is retired, said he plans to use a majority of his winnings to pay bills.

The $250,000 Riches scratch game is a $20 ticket and Queen/King of Cash is a $5 ticket. More details about how to play these games, and number of prizes still up for grabs in them can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website, www.ialottery.com.


Feed Your Livestock’s Potential

MaxYield Cooperative’s feed team was proud to serve many 2016 Iowa State Fair winners, including:
• Matt Barickman (crossbred breeding gilt)
• Andrew Baumgard (Berkshire breeding gilt, FFA; crossbred market barrow FFA)
• Emma Frohling (ranch horse pleasure)
• Erik Goll (crossbred breeding gilt)
• Grace Greiman (purebred Simmental breeding, foundation purebred Simmental breeding, showmanship)
• Shelby Greiman (purebred Angus breeding, showmanship)
• Dalton Konz (4-H overall purebred market barrow champion Yorkshire)
• Nathan Nedved (grand champion beef of merit, class winner beef of merit, 2nd in class market steer)

The making of a champion starts long before a show animal enters the ring. It begins at home and is influenced daily by the basics, including high-quality feed.

“We prefer to get our feed from MaxYield,” said Brian Konz, a livestock producer near Garner and whose oldest son, Dalton, shows hogs at the county fair and state fair. “They understand what we’re trying to accomplish.”

At the 2016 Iowa State Fair, 11-year-old Dalton won 4-H overall purebred market barrow champion honors with his purebred Yorkshire. This champion barrow, along with the Konz’ other livestock, were fed high-quality rations produced at MaxYield Cooperative’s feed mill in Garner.

“I really enjoy working with the feed mill team because they are very accommodating,” said Konz, who has purchased swine feed from MaxYield for nearly seven years. “They provide good quality and get us what we need, when we need it.”

Feed business continues to grow

A commitment to quality, integrity and professionalism drive MaxYield’s feed team. “We provide small-town service with big-name products,” said Eric Malek, feed mill superintendent.

The feed division offers:

  • Convenient service. While Malek and his team offer grind-mix and bulk-feed delivery within the counties around the Garner area, bagged feed can be delivered to any MaxYield location.
  • Feed options. Along with bulk feed and bagged feed, MaxYield offers protein supplements for cattle, hog pre-mixes, show feeds and more. MaxYield also has access to organic feed products.
  • High-quality brands. MaxYield carries trusted brands like ADM, Sunglo® Feeds, Kent® Feeds, Spencer Ag and VitaFerm®.
  • Show products. Find a wide selection of show supplies from top names like Sullivan Supply and Bobby Listen.

It’s exciting to see the number of 4-H and FFA kids showing livestock at county fairs and the state fair, Malek said. “Raising and showing livestock is a family affair. We’re pleased that more families are choosing to do business with us.”

MaxYield provides the solutions they need every step of the way, he added. “We hold our standards high and work together with our clients to make good things happen.”

For more information about MaxYield’s feed solutions, call the Garner location at 641-923-3602.

Get Carded: Simplify Your Life with Fuel Card Options

Fuel cards from MaxYield Cooperative are handy, but did you know they can make your recordkeeping easier?

“There are lots of options available to help you get the most from your fuel card,” said Chad Besch, MaxYield Cooperative’s energy team leader.

Q: Where can I use my MaxYield fuel card?

A: Our cardtrols in Britt, Dickens, Emmetsburg, Everly, Fostoria, Gruver, Milford, Spencer, Superior, West Bend and Whittemore accept MaxYield fuel cards and credit cards. Our fuel stations in Langdon, Mallard and Ringsted only accept MaxYield fuel cards.

Q: Why does the fuel pump screen ask me different questions, depending on which pump I use?

A: Don’t panic if you get slightly different questions from pump to pump at MaxYield’s fuel locations. Various computer technology is available to operate today’s fuel pumps. MaxYield uses one system, while The Andersons used a different operating system. Although the computer software that runs all the fuel pumps throughout our trade territory hasn’t changed, your MaxYield fuel card can now be used with all fuel pumps at MaxYield’s fuel stations.

Q: How can my fuel card make my recordkeeping simpler?

A: Our cards make it easy for you to track useful information. Let’s say both you and your kids use the same MaxYield fuel card to fill up your vehicles. If you want to document who in the family is buying fuel and how much they are using, you can design vehicle #1, vehicle #2, etc. When someone in your family swipes the fuel card at the pump, the computer will ask him or her to enter the vehicle number.

You can add as many vehicles as you like. Also, one fuel card can have the same personal identification number (PIN) for each vehicle.

If you have fleet vehicles for your business, you may want to designate a separate number for each vehicle but have just one fuel card with one PIN. Perhaps you’d rather have separate fuel cards, since more cards give you more information. Just let us know what data you want to track, and how you want to track it. We’ll find the right solution for you.

Q: What if my fuel card wears out, gets broken or is lost?

A: We can lock out lost cards. We can also make you a new card and mail it to you. Each card requires a PIN. Just a reminder—for your security, do not write your PIN on your fuel card.

Q: If I have more questions, who can I contact?

A: Call Energy Central at MaxYield (866-711-7282), or Sara Sparks in MaxYield’s Spencer office (712-262-6650).


Tractor Fever: 5 Things Drive Cassie Degner

There’s just something about old iron. Just ask Cassie Degner, who answers with one word when you ask about her favorite tractors—Case.

“I love Case tractors because they are unique and are a family tradition,” said Degner, a MaxYield Cooperative grain accounting assistant. “Restoring tractors isn’t just a hobby—it’s more like an obsession.”

While people may not take Degner seriously at first, they quickly learn she knows her stuff when she starts “talking tractor.” Here are five things you may not know about Degner:

  1. She’s country. Degner was born and raised in northeast Kansas in the country near Perry. When Degner was 12 years old, her grandfather found a 1951 Case D tractor in a grove in western Kansas when he was pheasant hunting. “The basics of it were pretty good, although we had to get fenders from another tractor,” said Degner, who got hooked on restoring classic tractors.
  2. Agriculture brought Degner to Iowa. After Degner earned her feed science and management degree from Kansas State University in 2009, she accepted a job with Murphy Brown (now Smithfield Hog Production). She joined MaxYield in November 2012, first as a client care leader at Hobarton and later as a grain originator. After MaxYield’s relationship with Murphy Brown concluded in January 2015, Degner moved to MaxYield’s corporate office in West Bend as a grain accounting assistant. For the past two years, she has also handled accounting for Enogen® MaxYield acts as a liaison between Syngenta and ethanol plants, feed mills and other buyers that purchase Enogen corn. “We work with Enogen growers in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin to get this corn to end users,” said Degner, who dispatches trucks and manages approximately 7 million bushels of Enogen a year. “I like the variety in my job.” Degner also appreciates the family environment at MaxYield. “It’s a good work-life balance.”
  3. Case tractors get Degner’s engines running. With her love of agriculture comes Degner’s passion for tractors. “When we get a new tractor, we try to restore it back to its original condition,” she said. This includes the 1944 Case VAC tractor that Degner’s great-grandfather, Charles Hannah, purchased new. “We had to give it new paint and typical maintenance,” said Degner, whose family handles nearly all the restoration work themselves. As she has worked on more tractors, Degner has learned a lot from her grandpa, Dennis Knudsen. She also studies vintage owners’ manuals, books and online resources. Once a tractor is restored, the Degners put it to use, from pulling a drag to groom the driveway to pulling floats in parades to powering stationary equipment at farm shows. “We don’t restore these tractors just to let them sit,” Degner said.
  4. Tractor restoration is a family affair. Degner and her husband, Travis, a feed truck driver, recently purchased two more vintage Case tractors, including a 1945 Case VAI from Rolfe and a 1947 Case VAC from Breda. The VAI, an industrial version with a wide front end, was designed for construction and road maintenance. The VAC is a row-crop tractor. “It’s fun to collect tractors, but we can’t buy any more until we fix up the ones we’ve got,” said Degner, whose family has nearly a dozen Case tractors.
  5. Maintaining tradition is important. Degner and her family love the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshing Show in Meriden, Kansas. “I practically grew up there, and it’s our absolute favorite show,” said Degner, whose family’s tractors power the stationary baling at the shows. Other events also offer glimpses into rural America’s past, from old-fashioned lumber milling to corn shelling. “Our kids love to see how things used to be,” said Degner, who has a 12-year-old stepdaughter, Sophie, and 7-year-old son, Walker. “It’s important to appreciate our heritage.”

Editor’s note: In addition to restoring vintage Case tractors, Degner enjoys vegetable and flower gardening at her family’s home south of Lone Rock. Her crops include large, juicy Beefmaster tomatoes, which she shares with her MaxYield team members.



Swenson’s Direct $2500 to Okoboji Elementary School

Gary and Kay Swenson (center) present their $2500 Monsanto donation to representative of the Okoboji Elementary school. MaxYield’s Nolan Hauge (back row, left) joined the presentation at the school.

Dickinson County farmers and MaxYield Cooperative clients Gary and Kay Swenson have won the opportunity to direct a $2500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Okoboji Elementary School. The school will use the funds to support students at risk through summer programs and supplemental nutrition. “We really appreciate the Swenson family and the Monsanto Fund for supporting our program. Students at risk can be very successful when appropriate programs and supports are in place for them,” said Teresa Goehring, Behavioral Skills Program, Okoboji Elementary School.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year farmers enter for a chance to win a $2500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit organization.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donations make in their community.”

For more information or to see a complete list of thee 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit www.GrowCOmmunities.com.

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.



Investing in Your Future: MaxYield Helps Make Rural Iowa a Great Place to Call Home

Charitable giving has a subtle influence at first. Measure it by the day or the week, and the results are often hardly noticeable. Over months and years, however, the results are dramatic.

That’s why MaxYield Cooperative invests in a variety of projects each year in the communities we serve, including a new greenhouse at Garner/Hayfield-Ventura High School and an addition to the Meservey fire station.

“Giving back is part of the cooperative principles that guide MaxYield,” said Keith Heim, CEO. “It also reflects our commitment to our clients and rural communities.”

MaxYield’s leaders develop a budget for contributions each fiscal year. Each MaxYield location receives an allocated amount of funds to support projects at the local level. An additional budget is set aside for larger projects that fit MaxYield’s criteria of benefiting the area ag industry and rural communities. Our priorities include:

  • 4-H (MaxYield pays $10 of the annual dues for each 4-H member in eight Iowa counties in our trade territory)
  • FFA
  • Fire, rescue and ambulance services
  • Investment in the next generation (ag scholarships, college recruitment activities, etc.)
  • Community betterment projects
  • Schools

Projects we’ve supported recently include the new Lakota fire station, Wright County’s new fair building, the new Emmetsburg Community Center, the Kossuth County Fair Ag Learning Center, improvements at the Belmond Arts Council’s farm, new bunker gear for the Whittemore Fire Department and many other worthwhile projects throughout MaxYield’s territory.

While the tightening ag economy means smaller budgets for donations, MaxYield continues to invest in local communities. If you have a request, reach out to your local MaxYield location.

Greenhouse grows new opportunities for ag students

MaxYield was pleased to provide $2,500, along with an additional $2,500 from the Land O’Lakes Foundation and $1500 from CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program, to help build a new Poly-Tex greenhouse in 2016 at Garner/Hayfield-Ventura High School. The greenhouse, which measures 30 feet by 48 feet by 12 feet, is giving students hands-on learning opportunities in agronomy and horticulture.

“We really appreciate what MaxYield has done for our school and our community,” said Robert Baumgard, ag instructor and FFA advisor. “We have 116 ag students and 93 FFA members, and I’m going to have all of them be part of the greenhouse this first year.”

Joshua Chizek, Iowa River FFA chapter president and greenhouse committee chairperson, is interested in incorporating fresh, student-grown produce into the school lunch program. The possibility of adding aquaculture is also exciting. “I’m looking forward to seeing products come from our greenhouse that we raised ourselves,” said Chizek, 18, a senior from Clear Lake who plans to major in pre-med and biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa.

Chizek credits FFA and the greenhouse project with helping him learn about agriculture, expand his leadership skills and develop an interest in community involvement. “Agriculture is a field I was not familiar with before taking ag classes and joining FFA,” said Chizek, who has given numerous programs to help local residents learn about the greenhouse and promote fundraising. “We appreciate MaxYield’s tremendous support, which gives us opportunities we may not have had otherwise.”

Baumgard appreciates MaxYield’s ongoing support for ag education and FFA, from supplying seed and crop protection products for ag students’ test plots to awarding college scholarships to area high school graduates. “With support from companies like MaxYield, the future of agriculture looks positive for today’s students,” Baumgard said.

MaxYield agronomy specialist and Meservey fire chief Jon Kaduce.

Expanded Meservey fire station becomes a community hub

Supporting local first responders is also vital to the future of rural communities. In 2016, MaxYield contributed $2,500 and secured another $2,500 from CoBank and $1,500 from Land O’Lakes Foundation to help the Meservey Volunteer Fire Department build an addition to the fire station. This extra space will serve the community, in addition to accommodating a larger fire truck that will eventually replace the department’s aging, 30-year-old pumper truck.

“The fire station is the main hub for many community events, including the city’s annual Christmas drawing, the fire/EMS/American Legion annual fireworks fundraiser events and fire department training meetings,” said Jon Kaduce, a MaxYield agronomy specialist and Meservey fire chief.  “The building is also the precinct for all elections. Since this is the only public city building equipped with a generator, the fire station transforms into public shelter in time of need.”

Meservey is building a 16-foot by 81-foot addition to the current fire station. “The additional space will allow the fire department to aggressively pursue an appropriate replacement pumper truck, as well as enhance community resources,” said Kaduce, who noted that plans for the space include a handicap-accessible bathroom, kitchenette and room for training.

Completion of this project will have a big impact around Meservey, since it will ensure enough room to house a dependable pumper truck that can transport more water to emergencies throughout the area, Kaduce added. “This project is an opportunity for MaxYield to be part of something positive in the community.”