July 22, 2019

Logue finds answers, $2,500 feature win at MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals

Johnathon Logue won the IMCA MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals for a second time on June 25, earning $2,500 for the main event victory. Pictured with Logue is Matt Keel, MaxYield Seed’s Solutions Specialist in the East Region.

By Bill Martin, IMCA

BRITT, Iowa (June 25) – One win in his first 19 starts of the season had Johnathon Logue looking for answers.

He found them Tuesday night at Hancock County Speedway’s MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals.

Logue won his heat, the dash and the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event, earning $2,700 in all for his efforts.

“My car was very, very good,” said Logue, whose one previous victory this year had also been at Britt, on June 7. “It seems like we’ve been on the trouble bus with it all season. To be able to run as well as we did made it a fun night.”

Brayton Carter, Jared Boumeester, Jake McBirnie and Jim Chisholm completed the top five across the stripe in the $2,500 to win feature. Forty-seven drivers from five states were entered.

“So many good drivers come to this event every year. I’ve always loved coming up here,” said Logue, also the SportMod Nationals winner in 2016. “The amount of talent in this division is unbelievable.”

Logue pocketed $200 for winning the DeKalb Asgrow dash, earning the pole start in the main event as well.

After cautions on laps two and four, the rest of the 30-lap feature ran green.

“Jared (Boumeester) challenged on lap 10 and that told me I’d better step up my game,” Logue said. “I wasn’t sure who was moving through the field but the laps really clicked off. It felt like we got to halfway, then I was taking the white flag.”

“I thought ‘Holy cow, we’re going to win this thing.’ I just made sure I hit my marks on the last lap.”

Logue’s lead was scored at two seconds with five laps left and at just more than a second and a half at the finish.

Jamie Anderson started last in the field of 24, finished 12th and earned the $100 LG Seeds hard charger award,

Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner. Kelly Shryock paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Drew Barglof won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.

The MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals had been postponed a week because of inclement weather.

Feature results – 1. Johnathon Logue; 2. Brayton Carter; 3. Jared Boumeester; 4. Jake McBirnie; 5. Jim Chisholm; 6. Doug Smith; 7. Colby Fett; 8. Cody Thompson; 9. Nate Whitehurst; 10. George Nordman; 11. Doug Cook; 12. Jamie Anderson; 13. Josh Appel; 14. Dallas Nutt; 15. Jake Sachau; 16. Cam Reimers; 17. Alec Fett; 18. Carter VanDenBerg; 19. Matt Looft; 20. Jeff Carter; 21. Mathew Hanson; 22. Ronald Hults; 23. Carter Shumski; 24. Dakota Sproul.

Statement Regarding Fatality at Belmond Facility

Contact:               Chad Meyer                                                                       Date: June 25, 2019
Client Relations/Communications
Office: 515-200-5115
Cell: 515-320-2593
Email: cmeyer@maxyieldcoop.com

WEST BEND, IOWA, June 25, 2019 – At approximately 4:20 p.m. Monday, June 24, grain was being removed from a steel bin located at the Belmond location of MaxYield Cooperative. During the grain removal process, MaxYield seasonal contract worker Victor Diaz was involved in an incident that took Victor’s life.

MaxYield takes the safety of our team members and contract workers very seriously and we have in place comprehensive and extensive training programs and safety protocol. MaxYield continues to cooperate fully with all of the appropriate authorities. A full OSHA investigation is underway and an autopsy will be performed, as there appeared to be no immediate hazard in the space that Victor was working in at the time of the incident.

MaxYield Cooperative and I are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to Victor’s family.

We thank all the team members and our outstanding local emergency response personnel and law enforcement for their quick response yesterday. We are grateful to each of you for your assistance, professionalism and support.

MaxYield understands that this is a very difficult time for Victor’s family, friends and our team members. We are grateful for everyone that has offered support and we will continue to offer resources and support for any team member that needs or requests it. We will make our way through the healing process with the strength and resilience of each other.

We offer our prayers, condolences and deepest sympathy to Victor’s family and friends.

Keith Heim, CEO
MaxYield Cooperative


MaxYield Contributes Funds towards Wright County 4-H Membership Dues

Jessica Norman (far left) with Wright County 4-H members at the check presentation.

CLARION, IOWA, June 3- MaxYield Cooperative made a contribution of $1410 towards the membership dues for all Wright County 4-H members. The check, presented to Jessica Norman, Wright County Youth Coordinator, and members of the 4-H program on June 3rd, will pay $10 of the $35 state dues for all 4-H members in the county. This membership not only allows students to showcase and compete with their projects at the Wright County Fair and Iowa State Fair, but it also provides them with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and community service.

“MaxYield Cooperative recognizes the value that 4-H brings, not only to the youth that participate but also to our communities,” explained Emily Campbell, Client Relations and Communications Intern. “Being a 4-H alumna myself, I know that the members of Wright County 4-H will be the next generation of leaders that impacts the world. MaxYield is proud to assist the next generation of leaders in growing as 4-Hers by easing the financial obligation of the families of Wright County’s 140-plus members.”

MaxYield Contributes to Belmond, Britt Fire Departments Fundraising Efforts

WEST BEND, IOWA, May 28- MaxYield Cooperative made a contribution of $2500 each to the fire departments of Britt and Belmond. The funds, presented on May 28, 2019, were matched by MaxYield’s lender CoBank through their Sharing Success program for a total contribution of $5000 to each department.

The Belmond Fire Department will be utilizing their funds to purchase a breathing air compressor and fill station, along with supplementary equipment and installation. The system fills the air bottles that firefighters wear when going into a fire-filled or toxic environment, ensuring they have clean air to breathe. According to Dean Adcock, Belmond Fire Chief, this new equipment will increase the department’s efficiency and ability to serve its own needs.

“[The breathing air compressor] system will make it easier and quicker to refill our air bottles after a call so they are back in service and ready for use. It will also make us less reliant on having someone transport them to a facility where liability, along with timing to fill many bottles is an issue.”

belmond fire department

(Left) Members of the Belmond Fire Department at the check presentation included (from L to R): Chandler Bachman (Operations Manager at MaxYield Belmond location, firefighter), Nolan Ysker (Assistant Chief), Dean Adcock (Chief), Kyle Braun (firefighter).

The Britt Fire Department will be upgrading their fleet with the funds they received. A 1986 1-ton Chevrolet pickup, currently on load from the Iowa DNR, will be upgraded to a safer, newer chassis. In addition, the new truck will also have a few other upgrades, fire chief Jon Swenson explains.

“We would [sic] like to upgrade to an aluminum flatbed that would allow for more storage and help make the truck more efficient. We also need to upgrade the light bars and lights to all LED to make the environment safer for firefighters.” In addition, the new truck will also have a quad-cab and air conditioning.


(Left) Those in attendance at the Britt Fire Department Presentation included (from L to R): Andrew Hunt (Captain), Jon Swenson (Chief), Bob Smith (Location Manager at MaxYield Britt location), Eric Marchand (Secretary).


“MaxYield Cooperative is proud to help the Belmond and Britt Fire Departments towards their fundraising goals,” stated Emily Campbell, MaxYield Client Relations and Communications Intern. “Volunteer fire departments are some of the most important groups in our communities. Many of our team members and clients are volunteer firefighters themselves, or have been serviced by their local fire department at some point, and it is our pleasure to assist those organizations.”

New Scale Installation at Algona

MaxYield’s grain receiving location in Algona is in the midst of a scale improvement project. As shown in the first photo, the concrete and scale platform from the old east grain receiving area was removed last week.

With the old scale platform removed, workers readied the area for new concrete and placement of the new scale platform.

MaxYield annually invests in upgrading facilities, equipment and rolling stock. The total cost of this project is expected to be $120,000.

The MaxYield Algona location will not be taking grain deliveries during the scale installation, estimated to last until June 3rd.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation! Be sure to call the Algona office at 515-295-2741 for more details and updates on grain receiving.



Improvements Underway at Greeville Grain Facility

A transformation is taking place at our Greenville grain facility. MaxYield’s millwright and maintenance teams are hard at work improving the grain reclaim and load out equipment at the site.

Though there is a lot of ‘stuff laying around’ the Greenville facility now, when the project is completed, it will have a very positive effect on operations at that location.

Shown in the photos are new bottom conveyors that take the grain to the load out area. Also shown is maintenance team leader Frank Schmidt working in the site’s control room.

Once all of the renovations and upgrades are complete, grain flow and grain load out will be significantly improved. In addition, once renovations are completed, all load out operations can be performed from the Greenville office. This will make operation of the site much more efficient.

Estimated project cost for the facility improvements is $90K.







Welcome 2019 MaxYield Interns!

MaxYield Cooperative welcomed its 2019 Intern Class on Monday, May 20th. The newest members of the MaxYield team began their first day at the West Bend corporate office completing safety training, human resources onboarding, and meeting their mentors. We are excited to see what each of them can do with the skills they will learn this summer!

Logan Besch: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Hawkeye Community College/Iowa State University
Megan Brown: Grain Accounting/Finance, South Dakota State University
Emily Campbell: Communications/Client Relations, Iowa State University
Marissa Cornine: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Iowa State University/Northwest Missouri State University
Hunter Gelhaus: Agronomy Sales, Iowa State University
Nick Hunt: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Iowa State University
Reece Westphal: Crop Scouting/Soil Sampling, Hawkeye Community College


Be on the lookout for blog posts and videos highlighting each intern throughout the summer. Welcome to MaxYield Cooperative!

MaxYield Supports Palo Alto County Honor Flight Vets

Recently several donors gathered at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg to wish these Palo Alto County veterans well on their May 11th Honor Flight to Washington DC. MaxYield is proud to provide financial support to help make it happen! Present at the ceremony were…

Front Row: (from left) Terry Chamberlain, VFW Post #2295 Commander, Jerry Dillon, Jack Kibbie, May 11 Honor Flight Vets John VanOosbree (US Army, Vietnam), Gerald Theesfeld (US Army, Vietnam) and Ray Christian (US Army, Vietnam); Bill Ortman, Larry Herbers and Wayne Turck.

Back Row: Wild Rose Representatives Molly Nerem, Katrina Williams and Zach Stewart; Chuck Roberts, Wild Rose General Manager Steve Cody, Emmetsburg Mayor Myrna Heddinger; and Diane Streit, MaxYield Cooperative Representative.

Thank you to the Emmetsburg Reporter/Democrat for the photo!


No Grain Deliveries to MaxYield Algona May 20-June 3

++UPDATE…Construction will take a couple more days and we will not be taking grain at least until June 6th.

MaxYield Cooperative in Algona will not be taking grain deliveries May 20th through June 6th due to elevator scale renovations and cannot take grain during this time.

They expect to resume normal grain deliveries soon.

Please call 295-2741 for more details. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we improve grain receiving at Algona.

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.