January 26, 2021

Gary Dietrich Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

Gary Dietrich, left, is pictured with Mallard Location Leader Ryan Stokes. Gary was presented with a MaxYield cooler as a token of appreciation for his 16 years with the cooperative.

Gary Dietrich is a familiar face around MaxYield Cooperative’s Mallard location. He has spent 16 years with the cooperative, in addition to a stint earlier in his career during the company’s West Bend Elevator Co. days. During his time at MaxYield he’s been a valuable team member, spending much of his time in application and transportation. Gary’s last day was December 15th.

As for retirement plans, Gary says he doesn’t have anything specific on the calendar but is looking forward to kicking back and enjoying life’s next chapter. Congratulations and thank you, Gary!

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

(l to r) Katelin Pagel, youth outreach coordinator, Victoria Schmidt, county youth coordinator, and Trece Lonneman, office administrator, recently accepted a contribution from MaxYield Cooperative that will decrease the cost of 4-H for members in Hancock County.

MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $1940 towards the membership dues for Dickinson County 4-H members. The check was presented to the Hancock County Extension office on December 8. 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.

Interested in Purchasing Condo Storage Units?

From time-to-time we have clients that are interested in purchasing condo storage units at MaxYield Cooperative. If you are interested in purchasing condo storage units, we can place your interest on a list for potential sellers to review.

For more information, please contact Rick Abrahamson at 515-200-5115 or rabrahamson@maxyieldcoop.com. Thank you!

Belmond Grain Bin Project Update

Over the last couple of weeks significant progress has been made at our Belmond grain receiving facility.

The 750,000-bushel bin has been completed and crews are now working on the inside of the bin, completing that phase of project.

One of the next steps in the future will be to construct the conveyance and grain reclaim equipment to the bin.




Why You Should Use Farm Analytic Software

SciMax Solutions uses the power of analytic software from Premier Crop Systems to reallocate your input dollars into higher yields. To learn more, contact a member of our SciMax team today and check out the blog post by Premier Crop’s Kevin Kruize below! 

Do you get frustrated when you feel someone is biased towards a product, service, or certain brand? Biased information can end up being very frustrating and even costly to your operation. Now think about how you make decisions on your farming operation. Do you have any bias on how different fields respond to a certain seed, fertilizer, or crop protection product? Allowing your bias to persuade field decisions can be very costly and frustrating as well. Your knowledge of your own farm is invaluable. Using farm analytics can enhance your decision making by removing or challenging the bias with objective analysis.

I am guilty myself. It is easy to make assumptions and decisions based on previous experiences. However, using Premier Crop’s analytics platform, you can begin to dissect the different yield environments on your fields. “This means what you see…. completely different in the field across the road, fence-line, or even within the same field!”

You can start anywhere! Do you have computers or hard-drives full of unused files or binders full of printed maps? Organizing and analyzing this data, and using it to make more informed decisions could be the biggest ROI on your farm. You don’t have to be an expert on computers or an IT wizard, all you need is a trusted partner to help take the complexity out of your data so you can validate or challenge your own assumptions in order to optimize profit. You can view our Five Steps Guide to Get Started here.

The traditional field agronomist is still a valuable resource for your operation, providing scouting services, and making product recommendations. The difference with an Agronomist and a Precision Ag specialist is an agronomist has years of experience scouting for and monitoring the physical characteristics of your fields. A Precision Agronomist can take those physical characteristics and visualize them over your field and compare them to see how ALL of the layers are working together. When you combine the two with a powerful farm analytics platform, you can really increase your Return On Investment!

I once had an experience working with a grower and his agronomist reviewing yield maps and grid sample data. During the discussion, the agronomist looked at me and said “You know, I have been scouting these fields for 20 years, and in one hour, you have just identified many of the key issues I have spent years identifying by presenting his data in an organized fashion and bringing these data layers together.”

At Premier Crop we focus heavily on PROVING what you’re doing on your farm. We frequently encounter a situation where a grower has been frustrated with precision in the past. Their frustration is usually because there is not a good analysis of the precision practice implemented. One example we commonly see, and have proven, is an $100/acre swing in profit by yield increases and seed savings with variable rate seeding, simply by optimizing the seeding rate to unique areas of the field. The dollars that are left on the table can be shocking if you’re not implementing VR Seed and VR fertility practices, AND verifying “it works” by marrying your agronomics to the economics.

Implementing a farm management system that organizes your most important farm information in one place can be eye-opening at first. You might be surprised that your original biases/thoughts/intuitions may not have been as “true” as you thought. Premier Crop Systems helps simplify and visualize where to best spend your input dollar and how it can improve profits across all of your acres. Yield Efficiency is how much is left over after costs are subtracted from your revenue to spend on land and management. Below you will see our Yield Efficiency by Field across your farm. Do you really know what fields are making you the most money?

Premier Crop Systems is proud to be the leading farm analytics platform since 1999. We continue to advance and improve alongside our partners and growers on a daily basis. Together, we help you gain more insight to your operation for confident, and profitable decision making. We learn every day in every new environment we get to work in. Let us come alongside you to reduce the complexity and add another dimension so you can exceed your own expectations. Contact us now to schedule an information meeting.


Ready to get started? SciMax is here to help you use the power of analytics to make better decisions. Contact us today!

March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Valued MaxYield Members and Clients;

The outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the steps necessary to limit its spread has caused further adjustments on how to serve our clients. In addition to our update on March 16th, I want to provide further updates and clarification on the actions we’re taking to ensure the health and safety of our team members and clients.

Further steps MaxYield Cooperative is taking through at least April 4, 2020 to help protect our team members and clients include…

  • Effective at the start of business Thursday, March 19, 2020, we will restrict visitors to our offices to only essential business that cannot be done by phone or electronically. We ask that you make appointments whenever possible.
  • Visits by our vendors and suppliers to our offices is not permitted until further notice. Every effort should be made to conduct business by phone or electronically.
  • When possible, we may have several team members working from home. We may have a limited number of team members at some offices, including the corporate office.
  • Pursuant to Iowa Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation, convenience store patrons are required to immediately leave the store after making their food and beverage purchases. The dining areas at our Cenex stores are CLOSED until such restrictions are removed by the State of Iowa.
  • We continue to receive grain, deliver your products and operate our Cenex stores. We ask your help in limiting interactions and conducting proper social distancing with our team whenever possible.

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 through the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov and the State of Iowa. If there are any changes to this policy we will communicate as such.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support of MaxYield. We implemented these measures to enhance our likelihood of entering spring season healthy. Hopefully in 2-3 weeks we are in the field, very busy and the impacts of this situation have diminished.

Do not hesitate to call your MaxYield location with questions or concerns.


Keith Heim, CEO

Food & Dining at MaxYield’s Cenex Stores…UPDATE

Dining restrictions at MaxYield Cenex stores (PDF)


Our stores continue to operate in West Bend, Whittemore and Fostoria. We are still serving food and conducting inside sales in addition to operation of our fuel islands.

Pursuant to Iowa Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation, convenience store patrons are required to immediately leave the store after making their food and beverage purchases.

The dining areas at our Cenex stores are CLOSED until such restrictions are removed by the State of Iowa.

The proclamation reads…

“All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.”

We are grateful for your business and always look forward to hosting you in our store. However due to the Iowa Governor’s proclamation, we are no longer able to have customers remain in the store to enjoy their purchases.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update (PDF)

March 16, 2020

Valued MaxYield Members and Clients;

As you are aware, an outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has developed and is causing nation-wide concern. I want to provide an update on the actions we’re taking to ensure the health and safety of our team members and clients.

Today we communicated with our team members about our expectations regarding employee health and safety related to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, these are some of the steps MaxYield Cooperative is taking through at least April 4, 2020 to help protect our team members and clients.

  • If employees are ill, they are strongly encouraged to stay home until fully recovered.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in our offices.
  • Regularly wash hands, use hand sanitizers and properly cover sneezes and coughs.
  • Enacting a “no-handshake” policy. We know that our members and clients will understand this importance.
  • No business travel for all MaxYield employees and all MaxYield business meetings are restricted. We are asking employees to self-quarantine for 14 days after personal international trips or trips to high-risk domestic areas.

For you, our members and clients, we are committed to being your solutions provider during this time.

  • All cooperative operations, including grain receiving and delivery of products will continue. Our locations are open and ready to help.
  • When possible, we’d like to do business by phone or online. We strongly value our personal relationships and walk-in clients, however if we can do business over the phone or online during this time, it will ease the risk to you and our team. Be sure to ask about resources we offer online and electronically.
  • If you have an in-person meeting scheduled with a member of our team, we are happy to set up a phone conference.

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 through the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. If there are any changes to this policy we will communicate as such. Thank you for your understanding and support of MaxYield. Do not hesitate to contact your MaxYield location with questions or concerns.


Keith Heim, CEO

MaxYield Algona – No Grain Aug. 7-9

MaxYield’s Algona location will be unable to accept grain Wednesday, August 7 through Friday, August 9 for electrical repairs at the grain elevator. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

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.