January 19, 2019

Emmet County 4-H Membership Dues Decreased with Help from MaxYield

Morgan Matthews, Emmet County Youth Coordinator, accepts a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H membership in Emmet County. 

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented Emmet County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs.

“4-H has long been a key resource for youth development in our local communities, and clubs continue to offer high-quality educational programs. Making 4-H membership accessible to more families is important to MaxYield Cooperative. That’s why we contribute more than $13,000 to 4-H in seven northern Iowa counties annually,” said Chad Meyer, client relations/communications leader at MaxYield.

“We’re continuing our support of local 4-H and commitment to our youth,” said Meyer.  “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10 per 4-H member in Emmet County to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

MaxYield has two goals as it helps support 4-H. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled,” Meyer said. “Second, 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.”

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

Grain Outlook Meetings Scheduled

The MaxYield Grain Team is dedicated to offering the latest in technology and solutions, all with the future of farming families in mind.

Join us for our Grain Marketing Outlook meetings, featuring Bruce Nelson, risk management expert at INTL FCStone.

January 16, 2019
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
The Shores
14 N. Lawler St.
Emmetsburg, IA

January 16, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Clay County Regional Events Center
800 W. 18th St.
Spencer, IA

January 17, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Britt Community Center
170 Main Ave S
Britt, IA

Contact your nearest MaxYield location or Grain Solutions Team Member today for more details. See you there!

Harry Bormann Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

Harry Bormann, grain team leader based at MaxYield Cooperative’s West Bend corporate office, was recognized on December 19,2018 with a retirement coffee, honoring his 22 years of leadership at the local cooperative. His last day at MaxYield will be December 28. Ben Buie, who was announced as MaxYield’s next grain team leader in August, will replace Bormann.   

Bormann began his career at the Cylinder Co-op in 1974, promoted to general manager there at the age of 28 in 1982. After spending 22 years at Cylinder, he became MaxYield’s grain team leader in 1996.

During retirement, Bormann looks forward to spending more time with his family and grandchildren, in addition to hunting, fishing, and golfing.  

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

MaxYield Internships: What Are They All About?

Welcoming, fun environment, team oriented, like family, a great experience. These are just a few ways summer interns describe their experiences at MaxYield Cooperative. The internship program at MaxYield is to be commended for the hands-on experiences available to students, and the opportunities it opens for them. This summer, seven interns were hired in the areas of crop scouting and soil sampling, seed and agronomy sales, and communications and client relations. Each intern is assigned to one or two MaxYield team members who serve as their mentor throughout the internship. The mentorship program provides a look into the mentor’s job on a day-to-day basis, and the mentor’s role is to make sure the internship experience is unique to the student’s interests and goals.

The crop scout and soil sample internship at MaxYield is the perfect opportunity for students to learn the basics of agronomy. The crop scout and soil sample interns all agreed that a needed trait for the internship is a desire to work hard, but it doesn’t require a farm background. With the rainy weather this season, all of the interns spent quite a bit of time with their mentors learning about weed and pest identification. In the short spurts of dry weather, they were working hard taking grid soil samples. The soil samples are used for SciMax Solutions variable rate programs to determine where and how much fertilizer is needed in a particular field. Cody Tjossem expressed that he enjoyed that he stayed busy in his internship. Much of the work was very hand-on, and provided great learning experiences.

The seed and agronomy sales internship was also affected by the late spring and wet weather, but interns say it wasn’t necessarily a negative thing for them. Intern Leah Bunkers says she benefitted from the difficult weather because she didn’t miss out on the busy season that would’ve normally taken place before the start of the internship. She commented that these difficulties brought reality, and gave her a sense of what it would really be like to be in the business. Though it made for great learning experiences, the difficulties with weather gave the interns a taste of the stress that tough times put on farmers. Both of the seed and agronomy sales interns expressed the importance of keeping a positive attitude through these times, and always working hard to keep the client happy.

The communications and client relations internship is jam-packed with many different projects throughout the summer. A few of these include coordinating the antique tractor calendar, shooting and editing videos featuring MaxYield interns and team members, and creating marketing materials such as brochures and flyers. Intern Katie Decker added that her favorite part of the internship was job shadowing industry professionals and field trips to learn more about careers in the communications field. This internship is quite busy, but Katie commented that it’s important to effectively manage any down-time to plan ahead for projects. An intern in the communications and client relations position gains experience through practice in writing and editing. This internship is perfect for a student seeking to build their professional skills and define the areas of communication in which they would like to pursue moving forward.

Internships at MaxYield Cooperative stand out from others due to the real-world approach that encourages interns to think and act like full-time team members. The flexibility in creating an internship that is unique to each student allows interns to work with team members in various departments based on the types of things they’d like to learn more about. MaxYield truly lives out their motto, “We See More in Your Fields,” by viewing interns as the future, and investing in them to develop leaders in agriculture.

 

Tyler Hoffman: Soil Sample & Crop Scout Intern at MaxYield

Tyler Hoffman is not one to shy away from hard work. He’s definitely had to put this to the test this summer with short time frames to get the necessary work done as a soil sample/crop scout intern at MaxYield. From Graettinger, IA, Tyler grew up on a farm and will be a junior at Iowa State University majoring in agricultural business with a minor in agronomy. In his free time, Tyler enjoys watching Netflix, going to the gym and playing intramural sports at Iowa State.

Describe a typical day in your internship.

This year has been so different from most, so it has allowed me to do a greater variety of things within my internship than an intern might do on any other given year. When the weather is dry I’m out taking soil samples. During the wet weather this year I’ve been with my mentors, Matt Keel and Levi Quayle, doing things like crop scouting, checking weed pressure, talking to clients, and learning more about the seed sales side of the business.

What have you enjoyed about your internship?

I love being outside, and my soil sampling and crop scouting internship has allowed me to do that, weather permitting. I also enjoy talking with MaxYield clients, so when it’s too wet to soil sample I’ve enjoyed traveling with my mentors to meet with clients.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

I would recommend the soil sampling/crop scouting internship to students looking for an internship that will give them a good foundation for a start in the agronomy field, or really any agriculture-related career.

Doreen Shaw Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

Frank Uhde, East area leader, presents Doreen Shaw with a retirement gift at an event held in her honor on July 20th at MaxYield’s Meservey location. Shaw served as Client Care Leader in Meservey for 37 years.

Shaw began her career at Farmers Co-op Service Center in Meservey in 1981 when it was owned by Klemme Co-op Grain. She became a part of the MaxYield team when the location was acquired in 2005.

Shaw looks forward to spending more time with family in her retirement.

President of Iowa State University Visits MaxYield Cooperative

On Wednesday, July 18, MaxYield hosted Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University, and Dr. John Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach. Chad Meyer, client relations/communications leader shared MaxYield’s mission of recruiting for internships and trainee positions on campus, and Harry Bormann, grain team leader discussed crop conditions in the territory and the impact of the farm economy on our communities. We appreciate their visit to MaxYield!

Leah Bunkers: Seed & Agronomy Sales Intern

Growing up working in her family’s full-service, independent elevator, Leah Bunkers knew what she was in for when she became a seed and agronomy sales intern at MaxYield this summer. Leah loved the customer relation side of her family’s business, which led her to pursue a degree in agronomy, because it would allow her to work directly with clients. The Granville, IA, native will be a senior at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, in the fall, majoring in agronomy with minors in ag business and precision ag.

What are some of your daily responsibilities?

Not many days are the same. Since I started my internship in May, I’ve done tissue sampling every Monday, scouted fields when the weather allowed (which was not very often), and have done work on the computer by helping to get new map technology set up. Once a week, all of the interns meet with the seed team leader to talk about problems we are seeing in fields around the territory and learning about how we can help farmers eliminate them in future years.

Who are your mentors and how have you benefitted from having mentors in your internship?

My mentors are Cody Ostendorf and Jon Kaduce. They have very different teaching styles, but that has benefitted me because I’ve learned a lot from each of them. Their experience in the industry and knowledge over a wide-range of subjects has opened up my learning to a broader range of topics.

What kinds of qualities does someone in your position need to have?

Being able to relate to the client is the number one quality to have. This comes with having a positive attitude day-in and day-out. Those bad days are going to happen but you have to move past the negativity, put on a smile and make a connection with the client.

Jason Hinkeldey: Soil Sample & Crop Scout Intern

 

Jason Hinkeldey’s roots in agriculture run deep. He will be a sophomore at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, pursuing a degree in agricultural business with minors in agronomy and precision ag. When asked why he decided to pursue a degree in agriculture, he said that he really never saw any other path for himself. The Alta, IA, native has a goal of returning to his family’s farm to become a 5th generation farmer.

Describe some experiences you’ve had at MaxYield this summer.

Most of the time I’m out grid sampling and using technology to help farmers understand what nutrients are present in their soil and how to prepare for years to come. I enjoy working with growers directly because I get to compare what I’m seeing in their fields to what they’re seeing.

Who are your mentors and what role have they played in your internship?

My mentors are Amanda Pederson, who is an agronomy specialist and Chris Warren, a SciMax Solutions specialist. Amanda has taught me a lot about weed identification and modes of action in herbicides. With Chris, I have learned about variable rate technology.

How has your internship at MaxYield prepared you to be a good candidate for future internships?

I think my soil sampling and crop scouting internship has prepared me for future internships because MaxYield holds such a high standard. MaxYield allows me to gain-real world knowledge, which I think will be valuable when searching for my next internship.

Merlyn Brown Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative CEO, Keith Heim (left), presents Merlyn Brown with a gift of appreciation for his service to MaxYield.

Merlyn Brown retired after 46 years serving in the cooperative system. He started in 1972, working at the co-op in Crystal Lake, Iowa.

He has worked in the Garner-Klemme area since Feb. 1990, first at Farmers’ Co-op Society in Garner. Since 2005, he has worked for MaxYield Cooperative in the same area, driving truck for our transportation team.

We wish Merlyn the best in his next season of life.