October 1, 2020

Harvest Update and Health Precautions – September 2020

Dear MaxYield Cooperative Clients,

As we’ve seen throughout the spring and summer, agriculture remains an essential business. While many sectors and industries have shut down or reduced production during this time, farming and the business activities associated with agriculture have maintained operations and will continue to do so.

Though harvest 2020 is beginning, COVID-19 is still present in our communities. We must continue to make choices that help protect our team members, neighborhoods and you, our clients. All counties in the MaxYield trade area are experiencing a steady or increased number of positive cases. In response we are continuing with adjustments to our office procedures:

  • Team members, clients, and others should refrain from entering location offices, other than to conduct essential business (paperwork, grain samples, etc.). Meetings will be held via web conference or phone when possible.
  • If entering a location for essential business or meeting elsewhere, please maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others. This includes any on-farm visits by MaxYield team members.
  • We encourage the use of masks by team members and clients, especially when social distancing is not possible.

Though we are conducting business a little differently, we’re still working hard to provide solutions to you and your farming operation. Our grain, agronomy, feed, energy, and on-farm trucking teams are ready to work with you this fall.

We encourage clients who prefer to contact our team via phone, email or text to do so when possible and appropriate this season. You can find contact information for all MaxYield locations on our website. Connection Central is another great tool for you to view grain contracts, sales tickets, statements and more online and in real time.

I thank you for your flexibility and perseverance through the past several months. I wish you a safe and healthy harvest, and we all look forward to the day when we can put the coffee on, pop the popcorn, and welcome you into our locations with open arms once again.

 

Cooperatively,

Keith Heim
CEO

Bob Beaver Announces Retirement from MaxYield Cooperative

Gene Lueders (left), MaxYield Superior and Gruver Location Leader, presents Bob Beaver with a stainless steel cooler as a token of appreciation for his many years of service. Bob’s last day at MaxYield is September 9, 2020.

Bob Beaver, Client Care Leader at MaxYield’s Gruver location, has announced his retirement. Bob has held a variety of roles between the Superior and Gruver locations during his tenure and has spent 42 years with the organization that is now MaxYield Cooperative. His last day with MaxYield is September 9, 2020.

We thank Bob for his many years of dedication to serving MaxYield clients. A highlight of his retirement, he says, will be getting to see his children more who live in Storm Lake (Iowa), Wisconsin, and Arizona. Congratulations, Bob!

Fostoria Fire Department Receives Matching Funds Contribution from CHS, MaxYield

Fire chief Kim Kroger accepts contributions from MaxYield Cooperative and CHS that will complete their fundraising campaign to purchase new bunker gear for the Fostoria Fire Department.

MaxYield Cooperative presented the Fostoria Fire Department with a contribution of $2500, plus an additional $2500 in matching funds from the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program. Fire chief Kim Kroger accepted the contributions and the funds will be used to purchase new bunker gear for the fire department.

“After receiving grant money from other sources and with these contributions from CHS and MaxYield, we now have raised enough money that every volunteer with the fire department will now have new and updated gear,” Kroger said. “For a small fire department like ours, that is a big deal. We are really grateful for CHS and MaxYield’s support on this project.”

About CHS Seeds for Stewardship

The CHS Seeds for Stewardship is a competitive grant program that matches funds for projects that develop the next generation of ag leaders, improve ag safety and enhance rural vitality in local communities. CHS is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. More information about CHS is available at www.chsinc.com.

About MaxYield Cooperative
MaxYield Cooperative is a diversified 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.

 

Belmond Location Construction Update 9.23.2020

Good spring and summer weather allowed crews to finish capital improvement projects at MaxYield’s Belmond location before harvest. The new grain bin will increase storage capacity by 750,000 bushels and will phase out the east soybean receiving facility. Because of this, clients hauling into Belmond can expect increased grain delivery efficiency. Construction in Belmond is complete and the location is fully operational this fall!

Interested in setting up delivery to the Belmond? Call 515-200-5140 to talk with one of our Belmond team members.

Klemme Location Construction Update 9.22.2020

Summer has brought major changes to the Klemme skyline thanks to a $4.5 million investment at this MaxYield Cooperative location. The location is open for grain receiving as usual this fall and construction is nearly complete. Crews are slated to finish improvements early this fall, which includes a 750,000-bushel bin, 4,000-bushel-per-hour grain dryer, upgrades to two existing bins for wet corn, overhead truck load out capability, and additional infrastructure. While construction wraps up, the Klemme location is fully operational and will be taking grain as normal this harvest. Please be mindful of additional equipment and construction workers as you dump grain.

Interested in setting up delivery to the Klemme location? Call 712-454-1061 to talk with one of our Klemme team members.

Britt Location Construction Update 9.21.2020

Harvest is here and the team at MaxYield’s Britt location is ready to serve you with additional storage and scale improvements this fall. Work on the new 750,000-bushel grain bin is complete and ready for usage this fall. A new scale ticket printer, intercom system, and signal lights have also been installed over the summer to increase your grain delivery efficiency. The Britt location is fully operational and ready to receive grain this harvest!

Interested in setting up a delivery to the Britt location? Call 641-843-3878 to talk with our Britt team.

Leadership Grows from Strong Roots: Meet Greg Guenther, MaxYield Board Member

Greg Guenther will never forget a summer day in the early 1990s when he crossed paths with Tom Urban, Pioneer Hi-Bred’s chief executive officer at the time.

“I was an intern, and I happened to meet Mr. Urban when I was walking across campus,” said Guenther, a Corwith-area farmer who was elected in 2019 to the board of MaxYield Cooperative. “He stopped me on the sidewalk and wanted to know who I was, where I was working, and how I liked the experience so far.”

That five-minute conversation left a lasting impression on Guenther. “I was a nobody, while he was the CEO. Still, he took the time to get to know me.”

That leadership style also influences Guenther’s role as a MaxYield board member. “The co-op is the biggest employer in many of the towns where MaxYield is located. It’s important to maintain strong connections to the communities and clients we serve.”

 

HOW HAS YOUR FARMING BACKGROUND INFLUENCED YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?

I grew up on a farm near Corwith in Kossuth County. I was a curious kid who was always asking questions as I followed my dad around. “What’s this? Why are we doing it this way?” Dad was patient as he explained things to me. I still have that curiosity to learn more about agriculture.

 

HOW HAS YOUR AG CAREER GROWN THROUGH THE YEARS?

When I was earning my ag business degree at Iowa State University (ISU), I got an internship at Pioneer Hi-Bred in Johnston. That turned into a full-time job after I graduated in 1992. I worked with the seed crop planning team and later transitioned to field testing projects and data analysis in the research department. Later in my career I moved to eastern Iowa near Williamsburg to work with Holden’s Foundation Seeds, a division of Monsanto. Those experiences expanded my knowledge of seed genetics and also taught me a lot about how that part of agribusiness works.

 

YOU RETURNED TO THE CORWITH AREA TO FARM. WHAT HAS THAT EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE?

Well, 2012 was my first crop year, and that was the big drought year. I figured there was nowhere to go but up after that. I do miss the days of $7 corn, though.

 

AS A FARMER, WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE ABOUT MAXYIELD?

I have a full-time job in addition to farming, so I depend on the co-op to help me make important decisions for my operation and provide crop protection application services. I’ve worked for Illinois Foundation Seeds for nine years. I can remember when seed was fairly far down on the list of crop inputs; now it’s ranked more like number two. I need help to maximize the crop as it grows. MaxYield’s agronomy specialists help me put together a crop-protection program, so I don’t have to worry about the details.

 

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO RUN FOR THE MAXYIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

You need to challenge yourself and be part of the solution. If you want to effect change, get involved. My fellow board members have been willing to help me learn and answer my questions. I’ve enjoyed meeting people from all over MaxYield’s trade territory. If you’re interested in running for the MaxYield board, go for it. It’s a good learning experience.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CO-OP NEEDS TO DO TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE?

One of the roles of a farmerowned cooperative is to provide collective bargaining for the members so they can get better prices on inputs. To operate effectively, today’s co-ops need top-of-the-line managers, team members and equipment. MaxYield is doing a good job with all three of these areas. Going forward, it’s extremely important for MaxYield to continue recruiting new talent at college career fairs, too.

 

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE MAXYIELD MEMBERS AND CLIENTS TO KNOW?

I don’t think you can be a farmer without being an optimist. You hope that next year will be better yet. You also look back at the end of each year and ask yourself, “How could I have done things differently?”

 

If you have an idea or a question regarding MaxYield, contact me or any MaxYield board member. We appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Guenther and his wife, Janelle, met at ISU and have been married 25 years. Their oldest daughter, Elise, recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and is starting her teaching career in Schleswig. Their middle daughter, Lila, is a junior at South Dakota State University, where she is majoring in medical laboratory science. Their youngest daughter, Evie, will be in 8th grade in Algona. When Guenther has some free time, he enjoys traveling with his family. In 2019, the Guenthers toured northern Germany to do some “ancestry sleuthing.”

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

Madeleine Bretey, county youth coordinator, recently accepted a contribution from MaxYield Cooperative that will decrease the cost of 4-H for members in Dickinson County.

MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $1290 towards the membership dues for Dickinson County 4-H members. The check was presented to Madeleine Bretey, county youth coordinator, on September 1. 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.

Scale Improvements to Speed Delivery to MaxYield’s Britt Location

 

Clients and members delivering grain to our Britt location this fall will not only notice the new 750,000-bushel storage bin, they’ll also enjoy an easier time weighing in and out.

Britt location leader, Sara Anderson noted that a new scale ticket printer and intercom system are a nice addition to the improvements there. “Clients will be able to communicate directly with us in the office and the scale ticket will print automatically. You won’t have to leave the truck during deliveries. We’ve also added a signal at the end of the scale so you easily know which pit to go to.”

The goal, she said, is to make it easier for grain deliveries at Britt. “It’s easy to see the big improvements, like the new bin. However, just as important is making the client experience here better. We’re excited about everything that’s happening here.”

The MaxYield team has also been hard at work adjusting and calibrating the new Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) grain handling system, which will increase productivity, efficiency and safety at the location.

Klemme Grain Project Pushes Forward

The skyline at our Klemme facility is changing rapidly. The main grain leg tower has been constructed with conveyance added to existing grain storage. Work on the receiving pits and grain load out area is moving forward.

The bin-jacking process has begun in earnest on the 750K-bushel storage bin too. Once the bin is completed, crews will work on electrical wiring and other infrastructure for the bin.

This $4.5 million project will dramatically improve grain storage and handling at our Klemme location and is expected to be operational this fall.