March 2, 2021

Growing Opportunities: Emmetsburg Location Specializes in Agronomy, Seed, and Fuel

MaxYield EmmetsburgThomas Edison said many people don’t recognize opportunity because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work. This isn’t the case at MaxYield Cooperative’s Emmetsburg location.

“There’s room for growth here, and we’re focused on increasing this business,” said Walt Reichert, MaxYield’s west area team leader.

The Emmetsburg location’s history in the cooperative system dates back to 1999, when West Bend Elevator Company purchased the former Emmetsburg Terra agronomy facility from Agro Distribution LLC. The plant, which was originally built in 1994, has become a hub for MaxYield’s agronomy, seed, and fuel divisions.

“We serve clients from northwest Iowa and Minnesota,” said Mason Nicklos, a client service representative, who joined MaxYield in June of 2012.

Other team members associated with the Emmetsburg location include Scott Murphy, Emmetsburg location leader; Mason Hoffman, agronomy specialist; Kurt Metzger, seed solutions specialist; Janie Imming, SciMax Solutions specialist; Doug Shirk, energy solutions specialist; Mark Evans, fuel truck driver; Denny Darling, fuel truck driver; Rol Hamerlinck, fuel driver/LP; Val Auten, client care leader; Randal Moffitt, outside operations; and Mike Corley, outside operations.

“I appreciate MaxYield’s people,” said Neil Ankeny, a MaxYield client who has farmed for 40 years northeast of Emmetsburg, where he raises corn and soybeans. “I like to run ideas by them, because they are knowledgeable, do a good job, and are willing to help me out.”

Ankeny also participates in SciMax Solutions and values the expertise of the SciMax team members from the Emmetsburg location. “I like to the see the results of new things and look forward to learning more through SciMax.”

Learning and growing

Mason NicklosThis progressive spirit is reflected in many growers in the area, said Nicklos, who runs the seed warehouse, handles work orders, and focuses on safety at the Emmetsburg location. “Clients in our area want to learn just as much as we want to teach them and are interested in precision agriculture solutions like variable-rate fertilizer and planting.”

To meet clients’ needs, the Emmetsburg location plays many key roles within the MaxYield system. Emmetsburg maintains one of MaxYield’s largest heated storage areas in the west region for crop protection products that must be stored in a climate-controlled building, including WARRANT™ herbicide and Instinct™ nitrogen stabilizer.

The Emmetsburg location team also works with Kerber Milling. MaxYield began originating corn for Kerber Milling in October of 2006 and handled the entire process until Kerber installed its own scale in March of 2013. The two companies continue to work closely together, and Val Auten, MaxYield’s client care leader, is based at the Kerber facility.

As the Emmetsburg location continues to evolve, this creates opportunities for team members and the clients they serve. Nicklos, for example, was hired as an agronomy specialist level I trainee and was promoted to a client service representative in late 2012 to assist MaxYield’s agronomists.

“I’ve been given lots of support in this new role,” said Nicklos, an Ogden native who earned his ag business degree from Iowa State University in May of 2012. “The opportunities here are growing my agronomy knowledge, which helps me work with the MaxYield team to serve our clients more effectively.”

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