January 20, 2021

MaxYield Cooperative Pays Portion of Hancock County 4-H Membership Dues

(l to r) Katelin Pagel, youth outreach coordinator, Victoria Schmidt, county youth coordinator, and Trece Lonneman, office administrator, recently accepted a contribution from MaxYield Cooperative that will decrease the cost of 4-H for members in Hancock County.

MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $1940 towards the membership dues for Dickinson County 4-H members. The check was presented to the Hancock County Extension office on December 8. The funds will pay $10 of the $35 state dues for 4-H members in the county. This membership provides members with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, community service and many other worthwhile projects.

“We are thrilled to continue our support of local 4-H,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield client relations/communications leader. “We want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Also, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission of supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributes nearly $13,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

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

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 25 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for three Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com.

Brave the Shave: Brian Morey Helps Raise Nearly $5,000 for Children’s Cancer Center

Brian Morey usually doesn’t get a haircut more than once or twice a year. Saying his hair is “thick” is an understatement—although you’d never know it if you saw him after the 4th of July this past summer.

“My buddy Lennie Carkhuff—we call him Bear—is battling pancreatic and liver cancer,” said Morey, a MaxYield Cooperative truck driver from Mallard who jokes he’s a “commodity relocation specialist.” “I said if our friends could raise $1,000 or more to fight cancer, I’d let Bear shave my head.”

The big moment came during A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa’s 2020 Freedom Rally near Algona. When the shears to shave Morey’s head during the opening ceremony didn’t arrive on time, Morey’s friends rustled up a cattle trimmer and handed it to Bear.

“It was terrible,” Morey said of the haircut itself. “The good thing is that we were able to donate $4,999 to the cancer center at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.”

Here are five other things you may not know about Morey, who has worked for MaxYield for 30 years:

  1. MOREY STAYS CLOSE TO HIS FARM ROOTS

Morey grew up 5 miles west of West Bend, where his family raised hogs, cattle, corn and soybeans. Morey enjoyed working outside and fixing everything from bicycles to motorcycles, tractors and trucks. “I would have liked to have been a farmer but I didn’t have that opportunity,” said Morey, 1984 graduate of West Bend High School. He studied automotive repair at Iowa Lakes Community College. Jobs were tough to come by in rural Iowa during those Farm Crisis years. After a brief stint working at a packing plant in Storm Lake, Morey worked with with Bleuer Construction for four years before landing a job at West Bend Elevator Company in 1990. “I’ve enjoyed getting to build a career in my hometown,” he said.

  1. WORKING AT THE CO-OP OFFERS OPPORTUNITY

When Morey started working at the co-op in West Bend, he was in the grain division. He also spent 20 weeks a year working in the soybean processing plant. “We sold fish cake to places in Louisiana,” said Morey, who noted that a big customer included the Landry family, who rose to fame through the popular “Swamp People” series on the History Channel. Today, Morey hauls grain and fertilizer in MaxYield’s central region in the spring and fall. He also hauls equipment like Trackmobiles, as needed. “You tell me what you want done, and I’ll give you the best service I can.”

  1. MOREY LIKES HIS WIDE-OPEN SPACES

Morey enjoys spending time outdoors, from deer hunting to motorcycling. He started riding a Yahama 50 at age 5. He grew up to be a Honda guy but says his “banker” (his wife, Melissa) wanted him to drive a Harley-Davidson. “It has cruise control,” explained Melissa, speaking of the couple’s Ultra Classic. The couple sometimes travels with a small group of other riders. They also enjoy longer rides, including a late summer 2020 trip to Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor, Iowa. “All the twists and turns of the road by the Mississippi River are interesting,” Morey said. “We like seeing the woods and hills.”

  1. MOREY AND HIS FAMILY ARE ACTIVE IN A.B.A.T.E.

Morey (right) with Bear at the 2020 A.B.A.T.E. Freedom Rally in Algona.

Morey joined A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (A.B.A.T.E.) after attending the group’s Freedom Rally near Algona in 2002. “This is a political and educational organization and supports all freedoms for U.S. citizens,” Morey said. “We believe you should have choices, rather than the government telling you what to do.” A.B.A.T.E. offers many educational programs related to motorcycle riding, including Share the Road, which is taught in every drivers’ education program in Iowa, a statewide motorcycle-rider education program, a returning rider class (“to break you of your bad habits,” Morey said), and a new trike class. “A lot of people buy the wrong bike, just because it looks cool or they want to keep up with the Jones,” Morey said. “We want everyone to enjoy the ride, but do it safely.”

  1. GIVING BACK IS IMPORTANT

Morey has served on the maintenance crew at Freedom Park northeast of Algona since 2009. As soon as the snow melts, he and his fellow volunteers start getting the park ready for the July 4th Freedom Rally. He and his fellow A.B.A.T.E. members also hold a “toy run” motorcycle ride in September to purchase toys for under-privileged kids in a 10-county area of northern Iowa. “We get donations from businesses, plus each person on the run pays $10 and donates a new, unwrapped toy,” said Morey, who noted the event also includes an auction. Depending on the year, the group has raised $7,000 to $20,000 to buy toys. The Moreys also support Bikes for Tykes, which donates bicycles to kids in Webster, Wright, Hamilton and Humboldt counties for Christmas. “It’s nice to be able to give back to more people,” Morey said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian and his wife, Melissa, have been married 32 years and have two grown children.

 

4 Steps to Powerful Weed Control with the Liberty® System

When Tim Lindhorst started farming a field south of Algona about 20 years ago, he knew weed control would be a huge challenge.

“This field is on a slope at the lowest end,” said Lindhorst, who lives near Burt and is a MaxYield Cooperative client who has been farming full-time for 37 years. “Due to the slope, weed seeds wash down into this field. The giant ragweed got so intense it would choke out other plants. You can’t imagine how ugly it got.”

Those tough weeds seemed immune to any herbicide Lindhorst used. “Pursuit® herbicide was so convenient, but over time it didn’t pack the punch it used to,” he said. “Then came glyphosate, which worked incredibly well at first. Over time, however, we threw Roundup® and everything you could think of at those weeds. Nothing seemed to work very well.”

When Lindhorst’s MaxYield agronomy specialist urged him to try the Liberty® system, he wasn’t sure. He was planting genetics from another seed company at the time, and the company didn’t have a Liberty soybean variety. “I hesitated and decided not to go with the Liberty system,” Lindhorst said.

His MaxYield agronomy specialist kept encouraging him to take a look at the Liberty system, however. “I knew I had a weed control problem that wasn’t going away,” said Lindhorst, who finally decided something had to change.

About six years ago, Lindhorst tried some Liberty beans from Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. “The giant ragweed started coming on like it always does, so we sprayed Liberty,” Lindhorst said.

A few things were obvious right away. Liberty didn’t burn or stunt the beans like other products. At first, however, it didn’t seem like the Liberty was doing much to control the ragweeds. “My MaxYield agronomy specialist at the time said, ‘Tim, they’re dead. They just don’t know it yet.’ It wasn’t long before that field looked beautiful.”

Lindhorst was dumbfounded. The results were so dramatic that Lindhorst planted 100 percent Liberty soybeans the next year. “It’s just amazing,” said Lindhorst, who has MaxYield apply pre-emerge herbicides to his fields, while he applies the post-emerge products. “I’m also pleased with the yields I’m getting.”

THE EASY BUTTON HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

Success stories like this stand out at a time when weed control is becoming more complicated than ever. “There are limited options for weed control in soybeans,” noted Tim Bruns, an agronomy specialist with MaxYield Cooperative. “The efficacy of many herbicides is decreasing, plus you’ve got all the traditional issues of timely spraying.”

Then there’s the challenge of herbicide resistance. “Did we learn anything from Roundup? This question is huge,” Bruns said. “Roundup was an incredibly effective, all-encompassing chemistry, and we messed it up by relying on it almost exclusively.”

Mother Nature hasn’t made things any easier. Wet conditions in previous years made it tougher to control weeds in a timely manner. This has boosted the weed seed bank in many fields. “That’s one bank account you don’t want to pad, because a lot of those seeds are viable for four to five years,” Bruns said.

Relying on post-emerge products to control weed escapes isn’t the answer. “While Flexstar® has been the basis of many post-emerge treatments on beans, time and time again I’ve seen it not do the job it should,” Bruns said.

If all that weren’t enough, it’s getting more complicated for crop-protection companies to get new weed control chemistries through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a timely manner. “When it comes to weed control in soybeans, the easy button has left the building,” Bruns said. “If we don’t take a different approach, weed control will only get more expensive.”

TRY THE S.T.O.P. SYSTEM WITH LIBERTY

Bruns and his agronomy team members at MaxYield have seen impressive results when clients incorporate the Liberty system into their farming operation. Liberty’s unique mode of action provides excellent performance on key weeds and greater application flexibility.

The four-step S.T.O.P. system offers an effective way to put Liberty to work for your acres:

  1. START CLEAN AND STAY CLEAN

Preventing early weed growth reduces yield loss from weed competition and enables more effective weed control from post-emerge herbicides. “One of your best weed-control weapons is a pre-emerge residual herbicide,” said Bruns, who urges farmers to use the full rate on corn and soybeans. “If you can stop weeds from coming up, you’ll have fewer problems down the road.”

Successful weed control might need to involve multiple residual herbicides, Bruns added. It could include the pre-emerge, followed by a different residual product applied with the post application.

  1. TARGET SMALL WEEDS

Weeds like waterhemp and Palmer amaranth grow incredibly fast and can be hard to control once they reach 3 inches. In all cases, small weeds are easier to control with post-applied products than big weeds. “Liberty is labeled for 4- to 6-inch weeds, not 1-foot tall weeds,” Bruns said.

  1. OPTIMIZE COVERAGE

Apply the correct rate of herbicide, along with the proper water volume and the right droplet size for best results. “Liberty is a contact herbicide, so proper coverage is essential,” Bruns said. “If you’re using Liberty, go with the full label rate,” he added. “You’ll only build herbicide tolerance every year if you don’t.” Also, don’t skimp on water when applying Liberty. “Coverage is key,” said Bruns, who noted that 20 gallons of water per acre is the recommendation with this herbicide. “So what if you have to haul more water? It beats weedy fields and it increases your odds of getting it right on the first application.”

  1. PAIR WITH RESIDUALS

Use multiple effective sites of action for pre-emerge and post-emerge residuals helps prevent resistance by reducing the pressure on a single herbicide. “At MaxYield, we do our homework,” Bruns said. “We understand what the product labels says, and know what products work well in a tank mix together.”

Finally, don’t shy away from old-fashioned weed control. “Even when you use the right crop-protection products at the right time, there could still be a few weeds escape,” Bruns said. “When you see these weeds, get in your Gator or side-by-side vehicle, and go pull those weeds.”

Your MaxYield agronomy specialist is ready to help you figure out a weed control strategy tailored to your fields’ unique needs. “We can also advise you on what’s working—and not working—on other farms,” Bruns said.

Remember one key question as you make your weed control decisions, he added. “What’s your long-term goal? Do you want to keep crop-protection products working as effectively as possible for as long as possible, or do you want to go back to walking every acre of beans?”

“IT’S SUCH A RELIEF TO HAVE LIBERTY”

The answer is clear to Lindhorst. While the field he farms south of Algona will always pose weed control challenges, due to the lay of the land, he knows weeds don’t have to get the upper hand.

“I have absolute confidence in MaxYield’s recommendations,” Lindhorst said. “It’s such a relief to have Liberty. I’m 55 years old and hope I can finish out my career using Liberty.”

He also encourages other growers who are facing weed challenges to try the Liberty system. “I’ve yet to talk to anyone who is using Liberty who doesn’t like it.”•

LEARN MORE

For more information on the Liberty system and how it can work for you, contact your local MaxYield agronomy or seed specialist.

 

Just How Good Are Liberty® Soybean Varieties?

It’s one thing for the Liberty system to offer an effective weed management solution. But how well do these soybeans yield?

“We’ve been working with Liberty beans for over ten years, and their yields are competitive with any other variety,” said Dan Bjorklund, seed team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “The idea that there’s a yield drag with Liberty-trait soybeans today is a myth.”

New options for Liberty soybeans fit even more growers’ production systems. In 2019, MaxYield began offering Stine brand Enlist E3® soybeans. “These beans were competitive, in terms on agronomics and yield,” Bjorklund said. “They averaged 70 bushels per acre at our Algona plot.”

Liberty herbicide can be used not only with specific genetics from Stine Seed and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, but XtendFlex® soybeans under the Asgrow brand, which will be available in 2021. Liberty herbicide can be used as part of a planned weed-control strategy, or it can be used to clean up weed escapes, Bjorklund said.

Don’t forget that the Liberty system can help you address other challenges beyond weeds. “We sell a lot of Liberty beans in the Des Moines Soil Lobe across MaxYield’s territory, because growers like the beans’ tolerance to the high pH soils that tend to be common in that area,” Bjorklund said. “XtendFlex and Enlist E3 beans continue to be the highest yielding varieties across our territory, with options for strong offensive and defensive varieties.”

As you plan your 2021 crop, work with your MaxYield agronomy or seed specialist to select the right soybean varieties and agronomic package for your acres. We appreciate your business and look forward to providing the solutions you need.

What’s Going on in Your Bins?

While it’s always important to check your bins periodically to maintain the quality of your stored grain, be extra diligent if dry conditions impacted your fields during the 2020 growing season.

“Drought-affected corn tends to have smaller kernels, meaning it’s denser,” said Ben Buie, grain team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “That makes it harder to push air through the bin.”

Those smaller kernels can really pack down tightly, compared to larger kernels. “Think of it like a box full of balls,” Buie said. “It’s harder to push air through a box full of baseballs than a box full of basketballs.”

Coring your bins this winter will be more important than ever. “The beans we were seeing early during harvest were smaller in size,” said Buie, who added that MaxYield received about 100,000 bushels of new-crop corn by September 15. Compare that to 2019, when the first 100,000-bushel day didn’t occur until September 27.

Don’t “set it and forget it” with grain going into storage early, especially if the kernels or seeds are smaller than normal. “That’s not just grain in your bins,” Buie said. “Think of it like dollar bills. You want to protect that resource to earn the most profit you can.”

Beef Feed Made Easy: MaxYield’s Business Grows in North Central Iowa

“Three strikes and you’re out” seemed to be the story of Dennis Brady’s luck after he started feeding cattle southeast of Eagle Grove in 1998. It’s not that his cattle operation was struggling—far from it. The challenge was finding a reliable feed supplier.

“I did business with Woolstock, and then Webster City and then Clarion, but they all phased out of supplying feed, at least to smaller producers,” said Brady, who runs 70 cow-calf pairs.

When the feed mill he relied on informed Brady they were closing due to a merger with another cooperative, “’Oh no’ was my first thought,” said Brady, who started seeking other options.

He called his sister at Luther in central Iowa to see where she bought her horse feed. “When she said Prairie City, I knew that wasn’t going to work,” Brady said.

He looked into roller mills for his farm. “They cost $70,000, and I didn’t want to spend that kind of money at my age,” Brady said.

He called a supplier at Stanhope, but found out they no longer mixed cattle feed. The closest options that could meet his needs were in Hubbard or in Garner, where MaxYield Cooperative operates a feed mill.

When Brady received a letter from MaxYield’s feed team about an informational meeting in late summer 2019, he decided to go. About 50 people showed up at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Clarion, including many cattle producers, along with some hog and sheep producers. “I liked what I heard,” said Brady, who asked one of his farmer friends in the Garner area about MaxYield. “I like the way MaxYield runs their feed mill, and I’m glad they have Kent Feeds. By the time I walked out of that meeting, I knew this was where I wanted to go with my feed business.”

BRADY FAVORS CRACKED CORN WITH FEW FINES

As a lifelong cattle producer, Brady knows the value of high-quality feed. “I’ve been feeding cattle since I was four years old, and I showed cattle when I was growing up,” said Brady, who grew up near Thornton. “Cattle feeding gets in your blood.”

He raised cattle by Rockwell for a number of years until his wife’s job as an anesthesiologist brought the family to the Eagle Grove area. Today, he relies on Simmental/Angus genetics and specializes in all-natural beef grown with no implants. He direct markets his beef and uses the Clarion Locker to process his cattle. He also sells some cattle at the auction barn in Waverly.

Brady has some specific feed requirements. “I’m not one for whole corn for cattle. I believe the animals get more nutrition from cracked corn. I also hate fines in feed. The cattle don’t like the fines, either.”

The quality of feed from MaxYield has been outstanding. “It’s a whole different ballgame working with MaxYield,” said Brady, who also runs a small feedlot and farms 160 acres with his son, Justin. “I’ve never had a bad batch yet.”

MAXYIELD OFFERS ONE-STOP SHOPPING

Serving feed clients of all sizes is important to MaxYield. “We picked up quite a few clients after the Clarion mill closed,” said Eric Malek, feed team leader at MaxYield. “These are good, hard-working clients who expect high-quality products and excellent service, as they should.”

The entire process of ordering feed from MaxYield is simple. Brady enjoys bantering with Norma at the Garner office when he calls to place his order. “My feed delivery driver, Mark, is also good and gets the job done right,” said Brady, who receives feed deliveries about twice a month. “The service from MaxYield is unbelievable.”

It’s a plus that MaxYield offers one-stop shopping. “I wanted to stick with my ration I was using before,” Brady said. “I like the Kent Feed program. We’ve been on this program for 30 years because it works, and the cows get bred.”

The transition to MaxYield has provided some unexpected benefits, as well. “I put some of my oats in grain bank at MaxYield and got paid a premium for the good test weight,” Brady said. “I’ve had a lot of people ask where I get my feed. I’m happy to recommend MaxYield to anyone.”

MaxYield understands livestock producers’ needs, added Brady, who appreciates working with Malek and the entire feed team. “Just like my clients, I want good feed and good service,” said Malek, who raises cattle. “I want to know the people I work with have my back.”

This kind of support makes it easier to manage a livestock operation successfully, Brady said. “I love the calving season. The challenge is to make the calves better than the mothers.”

High-quality feed helps Brady reach this goal. “I’m tickled that MaxYield was willing to expand to this area, because we really needed a good feed supplier around here. MaxYield is the top co-op I’ve ever worked with.”•

LEARN MORE

To learn more about feed solutions from MaxYield, contact Eric Malek at 641-923-3602.

Fueling Solutions in an Era of Uncertainty

As 2020 comes to a close, it seems there are two big questions on everyone’s mind. When will we transition into a post-COVID-19 world? What will things look like then?

“We can’t just wave a magic wand and bring things back to the way they were,” said Chad Besch, energy team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “While there are a lot of unknowns at this point, we

can assess some factors that could impact the energy industry and the energy solutions we provide.”

In time, when energy demand gets back to pre-COVID levels, fuel prices will likely return to pre-COVID levels, too. “A common theme we hear, however, is that supply is slow to respond to the dramatic drop in demand from the COVID-19 shutdowns,” Besch said.

The coronavirus pandemic caused an unprecedented drop in U.S. traffic. Total miles driven dropped by more than 40 percent in the last two weeks of March 2020, according to data collected by Arity, a data company that tracks transportation trends. In some states, mileage eventually dropped more than 60 percent below what would be expected without a pandemic.

“Even as fuel demand comes back, fuel production could lag,” Besch said. “That means fuel prices could rise faster than expected.”

KEEP YOUR FUEL TANKS FULL

The reason fuel production could lag is because refiners have no incentive to overproduce in a time of uncertainty.

“Refiners are saying ‘prove it to me,’” Besch said. “They won’t make a move until fuel demand comes back and stays back. Also, it’s unclear what kind of investments will be made in the energy industry going forward.”

While there’s always a chance that fuel could become less expensive in the months ahead, there are no guarantees. “I advise you to purchase fuel ahead of time and keep your fuel tanks full,” Besch said. “The carry in the diesel market, for example, tells us it’s likely prices will go up.”

MaxYield’s energy team will continue to monitor the energy markets to provide the solutions you need, when you need them. Contact your local MaxYield energy specialist for more details. We appreciate your business.

Facility Investments Pay Off at MaxYield

If you delivered grain this fall in MaxYield Cooperative’s east region, you probably noticed some big changes. We built one new 750,000-bushel grain bin at Belmond and one 750,000-bushel grain bin in Britt.

Britt

Belmond

Belmond’s bin upgrade has worked well, according to Frank Uhde, MaxYield’s east area leader. “The Belmond team received almost 600,000 bushel of soybeans at our Belmond west location. This was the first time we have used the west elevator for soybeans. Having beans on this side will allow us the ability to load a soybean train.”

Uhde was also very complimentary of the new 750,000-bushel grain bin and other facility improvements at Britt. “The new bin in Britt helped significantly decrease the amount of grain transfers during harvest and it also improved how fast we could take grain. The new PLC control system and improvements at the Britt scale have been great upgrades and has helped with both receiving and loading out grain.”

The biggest project included our $4.5 million investment at Klemme. The project included 750,000-bushel bin, a 4,000-bushel-per-hour grain dryer, wet-corn holding capacity, overhead truck load-out capability and all the infrastructure needed to complete the project.

Klemme

“Harvest hit us before Klemme’s upgrades were fully operational,” said Uhde. “We are grateful for our members and clients support this fall as we worked through a couple early challenges. Klemme has some more work to finish before being complete, but we will get it completed soon. With what we have seen this far, Klemme’s grain receiving will be a force to reckon with.

Klemme received over 151,000 bushels one of the days’ during harvest. This is almost double their best grain receiving day in the past.”

“We made these investments to handle your grain a lot faster and help you get back to the field quickly during harvest,” said Ben Buie, grain team leader at MaxYield. These much-needed improvements will benefit area farmers for generations to come.”

If you don’t farm in the east region, don’t think MaxYield has overlooked you. MaxYield’s directors and leadership teams understand the importance of continually improving facilities and equipment throughout the company.

“We’re certainly not done investing in the cooperative’s assets,” Buie said. “We plan to keep expanding and improving our facilities throughout the company to serve you more efficiently.”

Annual Meeting – UPDATE

Last week all Class A (voting) members of MaxYield Cooperative were sent their NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING. As noted in the mailing, the in-person portion of the Annual Meeting will not be held and the financial report and director election will be conducted by mail.

For your reference, below is the letter that was sent to voting members. Please mail all ballots in the return envelope marked “BALLOT” to MaxYield’s corporate office.  We must receive your ballot by the close of business on December 8, 2020.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

Dear MaxYield Cooperative Member:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person portion of MaxYield Cooperative’s Annual Meeting will not be held. Your cooperative’s July 31, 2020 financial report and the director election will be conducted by mail.

The following is included in this Notice of Annual Meeting packet:

  • Financial Statements. A condensed financial statement on the fiscal year of operation for MaxYield Cooperative, which concluded July 31, 2020, is enclosed. Detailed printed or electronic financial reports are available at any MaxYield location or by contacting Bridgett Southard or Doug Miller at our corporate office at 515-200-5115.
  • Official Board of Directors ballot. Also included are board candidate profiles and the ballot return envelope.
  • Minutes of last year’s annual meeting, included for your review and approval.

The stockholders are requested to:

  • Fill certain positions on the cooperative’s Board of Directors
  • Approve the minutes of last year’s board meeting

Enclosed is the official Ballot for purpose of the above. With respect to the positions on the Board of Directors, please mark one candidate for each of the open positions. To approve last year’s annual meeting minutes, please mark “YES.” Your ballot can be returned in the enclosed postage paid envelope.

Counting of the ballots will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. A member of the nominating committee and/or a Class A (voting) member of MaxYield Cooperative will count the ballots. We must receive your ballot by the close of business on December 8, 2020.

Do not hesitate to contact your board of directors or nearest location with any questions regarding the annual meeting or the financial report of MaxYield Cooperative. Results from the director election will be posted to www.maxyieldcoop.com and www.fromthefield.com.

We appreciate your support of MaxYield Cooperative!

Cooperatively yours;

Howard Haas                                                                 Keith Heim
Board Chairman                                                            CEO

Interested in Purchasing Condo Storage Units?

From time-to-time we have clients that are interested in purchasing condo storage units at MaxYield Cooperative. If you are interested in purchasing condo storage units, we can place your interest on a list for potential sellers to review.

For more information, please contact Rick Abrahamson at 515-200-5115 or rabrahamson@maxyieldcoop.com. Thank you!

Kerry Hiscocks Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

Kerry Hiscocks, operations team member at MaxYield Cooperative’s Klemme location, recently retired from the cooperative. Pat White (left), Klemme location leader and Frank Uhde (right), east area leader present Hiscocks with a stainless steel cooler as a gift of appreciation for his years of service.

KLEMME, IA – Kerry Hiscocks, operations team member at MaxYield’s Klemme location, was recognized with a retirement coffee honoring his 15 years of service to the local cooperative recently. His last day with MaxYield was October 30, 2020.

After many years of working in the agriculture industry, Hiscocks began his career with MaxYield in 2005 after the acquisition of the Klemme location. He served in multiple roles during his time with MaxYield, most recently working in operations at Klemme.

Hiscocks is ready for the next stage of his life. “It has been a good ride. I appreciate all the people I have worked with and the opportunities that this company has provided for me and my family. I look forward to the next chapter and wish MaxYield much success in the future,” he said.

MaxYield wishes Hiscocks all the best during his retirement!

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 25 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for three Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com.