August 14, 2018

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.

 

Developing Strategies & Utilizing Tools: Building a Crop Marketing Plan

Download: Building a Crop Marketing Plan Flyer

There’s an old adage that states, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Do you plan to fail in marketing your old and new crop corn and soybeans? If the answer is “no” then what is your plan? Could you write it down and share it with your business partner and primary ag lender?

Join Steve Johnson, farm management specialist for an evening of fun and educational learning filled with strategies and tools to prepare you to market old and new crop bushels.

February 21, 2018

6 p.m. Meal
7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Steve Johnson

The Shores
14 N. Lawler St.
Emmetsburg, IA

Cost is $30 per person or $45 per couple

To register, call 712-852-2865 or angies@iatate.edu

Women in Ag: Annie’s Project Starts Soon!

Annie’s Project: Farm Business Management

Download: Annie’s Project Flyer

A six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm businesses.

Classes starting Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and continuing February 20, 27 and March 6, 13, 20.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., meal at noon

Farm Credit Services of America
3675 450th Ave.
Emmetsburg, IA

Annie’s Project is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm and ranch women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises. Women learn best with and from other women, and Annie’s Project takes advantage of that by creating a comfortable and supportive learning environment focused on the best farm business management practices.

Course participants will learn effective strategies to make good decisions in five key management areas including financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production topics.

For more information, head to www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag