June 17, 2019

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.

Emmetsburg Fire Department Receives Contribution from MaxYield & Land O’Lakes Foundation

Mark Evans (right), MaxYield Cooperative, presents fire chief Frank Kliegl with contributions to upgrade equipment.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented the Emmetsburg Fire Department with a contribution of $2500. The funds will be used to upgrade and purchase new equipment.

MaxYield Energy refined fuels delivery driver and member of the Emmetsburg Fire Department, Mark Evans, presented the checks to fire chief Frank Kliegl.

MaxYield also presented the department with matching funds totaling $2500 from the Land O’Lakes Foundation. Land O’Lakes Foundation helps rural communities prosper by donating resources that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to Hunger, Education and Community. Since 1997, the Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants through a variety of giving programs.

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.

Doug Shirk Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative energy team leader, Chad Besch (left), presents Doug Shirk with a gift of appreciation at his retirement coffee held in Emmetsburg.

Doug Shirk, energy solutions specialist based at MaxYield Cooperative’s Emmetsburg location, was recognized on November 28 with a retirement coffee, honoring his 23 years of service to the local cooperative. His last day at MaxYield was November 30.

Shirk began his career at MaxYield April 1, 1995, delivering refined fuels and LP gas in the Ayrshire area. In 2008, he transitioned to full-time fuel sales as an energy solutions specialist. Prior to working for MaxYield, Shirk farmed in the Emmetsburg area for 25 years.

During retirement, he looks forward more time to fish, doing more woodworking projects and spending more time with his four grandchildren.

About 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.

Rev It Up: 5 Things Drive MaxYield’s Steve Meyer

Could a racecar driver be your MaxYield Cooperative propane delivery driver? Absolutely, if you work with Steve Meyer.

Okay, so Meyer hasn’t raced for a few years, and safety is always job one when he’s driving for MaxYield, but this guy definitely has an adventurous spirit and a passion for hot rods.

“I’ve loved cars since I was in high school,” said Meyer, a 1970 graduate of Spencer High School. “Some friends of mine had a ‘55 Chevy and a ’56 Chevy when I was growing up. My cousin also bought a new Ford Fairlane GT 390, and I thought I’d like a car like that.”

Here are five more things you might not know about Meyer:

  1. Meyer restored a classic 1956 Chevy. It’s dark blue and white. It has belonged to Meyer’s wife, Barb, since she was in high school. Now this ‘56 Chevy is a hot rod with a new lease on life. “Barb got this car in high school in 1969 when her family bought it from a guy at Estherville,” Meyer said. “It was in pretty good shape, but I redid it before we got married in 1971.”

In 2000, the Chevy received another makeover. “I had a professional restorer from Everly do it right, like taking the body off the frame and repainting the car,” Meyer said. “I also had a guy in Lake Park add a roll cage and narrow the rear end so I could put bigger tires on the Chevy.”

  1. Meyer feels the need for speed. You can’t have a hot rod and not race it once in awhile, right? Meyer had a local guy build a 540-cubic inch engine for his ‘56 Chevy. “We took the engine to Minneapolis to put it on the dyno, and the engine measured 600 horsepower,” said Meyer, who has raced his car at Marion, South Dakota, and Humboldt, Iowa. While he hasn’t raced since 2010, Meyer brings out the Chevy for the car cruise during Spencer’s Flagfest celebration in early June. He and his wife also take the Chevy to Clear Lake during the first weekend in August for the car show and the cruise around the lake.
  2. His family’s roots run deep in northwest Iowa. Meyer grew up in Paullina, where his father ran the Paullina Dairy until the mid-1960s. After the family moved to Spencer, Meyer landed a job with Herbster Electric while he was still in high school. He was later promoted to appliance specialist. He switched gears in 1984 and began handling service work and delivery for Lakes Propane. After that company was bought out by Great Lakes Cooperative, Meyer kept the same job even though the company went through many changes due to acquisitions by Green Plains, Inc., The Andersons, LLC and MaxYield in April 2016.
  3. MaxYield fits Meyer’s style. Meyer drives a bobtail propane truck for MaxYield, and his route takes him from Hartley to Ruthven to Peterson. He works eight- to 10-hour days, depending on the season. “The energy team is a good group to work with,” Meyer said. “The delivery trucks are also nice with all their push buttons and modern technology. I didn’t think I’d like working with computers, but I do. They make life so much easier.”
  4. Meyer soars with a new hobby. While Meyer loves his classic car, he also enjoys flying radio-controlled airplanes. “When my folks lived on Grand Avenue in Spencer, there was a hobby shop in town,” Meyer said. “I saw the planes there and thought it would be cool to fly.” He started investing in this hobby about 15 years ago and finds much of his gear at Hobby Town in Omaha. He has five radio-controlled airplanes and belongs to the Spencer Skyhawks. Club members gather on Tuesdays and typically head to a field east of Spencer to fly their aircraft. “If you can’t see what the plane is doing, it’s too far,” said Meyer, who usually flies his planes no further than a quarter of a mile of away.

Meyer enjoys his hobbies and has no plans to retire from them—or his job at MaxYield—anytime soon. “I like how MaxYield does things, and I’m going to keep working and plugging away.”

Editor’s note: In addition to going to car shows, Meyer and his wife enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Their oldest son, Shawn, is a chiropractor in Chandler, Arizona. Their other son, Corey, lives in Dickens and works for Polaris, while their daughter Ashley, lives in Omaha with her family.

 

 

Looking for Financing Options?

In these times of tight margins, it pays to assess all your options, especially when it comes to financing inputs for the 2019 crop.

MaxYield’s options include:

  • In-house financing. MaxYield offers delayed-price diesel, summer-fill liquid propane (LP) and terms on fall and spring inputs. Fall inputs can be picked up and applied before payment is due January 20. Spring inputs can be paid for by July 20. “If you pay early, you can also earn discounts,” Post noted. Pre-paid dollars lock in the best prices. “However, our in-house financing offers you a longer time period to pay for some of your big-ticket items,” Post said.
  • John Deere Financial. You can also access financing options through John Deere Financial, which has been a trusted partner at MaxYield for years. “Our relationships with national companies allow us to pass along low rates,” said Chad Hefel, Iowa sales manager for John Deere Financial. “Along with saving money, you can access an unsecured line of credit to help preserve your cash flow on your operating line of credit.”

You can apply for credit or request a credit increase for a John Deere Financial account through the MaxYield Seed website (www.maxyieldseed.com). Getting your application in sooner rather than later is smart, Post noted. “This provides the most flexibility in obtaining the crop inputs you need now and then pay after harvest.”

  • Rabo AgriFinance. MaxYield also has arrangements with Rabo AgriFinance, a global leader in agriculture financing. “This can be the right option for some people,” said Post, who encourages you to visit with your local MaxYield agronomist or seed team specialist to explore your options.

How does 0% financing sound?

Maybe you’re thinking, “I have enough money to make my purchases without a loan. Why should I look into financing?”

There are still some 0% financing deals out there, Post said. “These deals allow opportunities to utilize cash elsewhere. In any case, we encourage you to assess which solutions fit your business, and we look forward to working with you.”

“We provide you choices,” said Susan Post, chief financial officer for MaxYield Cooperative. “We encourage you to do the math, talk to financial professionals like your banker and tax advisor to assess cash flow needs, and determine the solution that fits your operation.”

Maintaining Trust Through Changing Times

Financing options don’t just affect your business. They also impact your cooperative.

“Times have changed,” said Susan Post, chief financial officer at MaxYield Cooperative. “Vendors are asking us for prepaid money sooner and are paying rebates back later in order to stretch the time value of money to their benefit.”

MaxYield Cooperative Announces Fiscal 2018 Results

WEST BEND, IA, – MaxYield Cooperative® recently announced its fiscal results, for the year ending July 31, 2018. The board of directors for MaxYield reviewed and approved the financial audit at their board meeting, held August 23.

“The recently completed year-end showed solid earnings and financial results in a continued challenging agricultural environment,” stated MaxYield CEO Keith Heim. “We had a strong fall 2017 season and even with a very difficult spring, in which some crop inputs and nutrients were simply not applied, seed, crop nutrient and crop protection margins in total were higher than the previous fiscal year.”

Heim added that other noteworthy accomplishments included strong grain drying revenues, increased propane gallons, solid energy margins, plus increased transportation, SciMax Solutions and feed revenues. “Our emphasis on expense control, plus improved grain margins in 2018 also helped us achieve strong fiscal results,” he added.

MaxYield Cooperative’s Local Savings from Operations for the 2017-2018 fiscal year were $1,593,687, and pre-tax Total Savings for the cooperative totaled nearly $4.9 million.

Heim noted that the cooperative continues to build its balance sheet. “This is arguably the strongest balance sheet in our cooperative’s history. Term debt was reduced by $4.4 million, member’s equity increased and we added $3.0 million to working capital in 2018. MaxYield also increased retained savings, which now totals nearly $52 million. In 1997, retained savings were ($122,242), so you can see we continue to make significant progress in strengthening the financial position of MaxYield. We have been and will continue to focus on enhancing revenue and decreasing expenses in this tight economic environment,” he added.

The cooperative’s annual meeting is December 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Britt Community Center, located in Britt, IA.

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.

Nancy Beck Retires from Fostoria Cenex Store

MaxYield Cooperative energy team leader, Chad Besch (right), presents Fostoria Cenex store manager, Nancy Beck, with a gift of appreciation for her service to MaxYield. Beck began her career at the Fostoria Cenex store in 1995. Her last day was August 17.

MaxYield wished Nancy all the best in her retirement!

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.

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.

Does Premium Diesel Fuel Pay?

With today’s high-tech engines and ever-tightening fuel specifications, it’s more important than ever to run premium diesel fuel. Still, some people stick with #2 diesel because it’s cheaper.

You’ve probably heard us talk about the many advantages of Cenex® fuels like Ruby FieldMaster® and RoadMaster®, which offer the best premium fuel package available. Maybe you’ve seen the advertisements that claim how these fuels can boost fuel mileage by 4 to 5 percent.

With clever marketing, however, a company can promise anything about a product. “That’s why we decided to put these fuels to the test with our own trucks,” said Chad Besch, energy team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “We wanted to conduct our own real-life fuel mileage test to find out whether it pays to use premium diesel.”

The results even surprised us

The test was conducted in the summer months. MaxYield worked with Steve Leman, an experienced fuel-transport driver who is one of the most detailoriented members of MaxYield’s transportation team.

The test with Leman’s semi-tractor and trailer included six weeks of running regular #2 diesel, followed by six weeks of running Cenex RoadMaster premium diesel. “We didn’t stop there, though,” Besch said. “We switched to another truck with Steve as the driver and conducted the same experiment.”

It turns out that the advertisements’ fuel mileage claims for RoadMaster premium diesel were not only accurate, but conservative. “The literature talks about a 4 to 5 percent boost in fuel mileage with Cenex premium diesel fuels,” Besch said. “Steve consistently saw a 6 to 7 percent increase.”

If fuel is $2.50 per gallon, a 5 to 6 percent increase in fuel mileage is like saving 15 cents per gallon, Besch added. “Paying a nickel to save 15 cents means the odds are in your favor.”

Less expensive #2 diesel might not be such a bargain after all. “After conducting our own test, we’re convinced that Cenex premium diesel fuels are the real deal,” Besch said.

Want to learn more about energy solutions from MaxYield, including Cenex premium diesel? Contact your route delivery driver, or call MaxYield’s Energy Central at 866-711-7282.