December 4, 2020

Here’s to New Beginnings! Sweeney Named MaxYield Seed, Agronomy and SciMax Team Leader

20151015_maxyield_360 (681x1024)The seed for new beginnings has been planted at MaxYield Cooperative. Greg Sweeney has been named seed, agronomy, and SciMax Solutions® team leader, effective Dec. 31, 2016. Sweeney will assume the position held by Larry Arndt, who recently announced plans to retire from MaxYield in December 2016.

“MaxYield is grateful for Larry’s leadership and dedication to our cooperative during his 12-year tenure here,” said Keith Heim, MaxYield’s CEO. “During Larry’s time at MaxYield, we have moved forward as a solutions-based agronomy company focused on seed, precision agriculture, and data and information management. We’ve also achieved steady growth in our seed and agronomy business.”

A complete search was conducted to find MaxYield’s next seed, agronomy, and SciMax Solutions team leader. Sweeney was the right fit, Heim said. “It’s an extra pleasure to promote a talented team member internally. I look forward to working closely with Greg in this role.”

Sweeney, who has been with MaxYield for 13 years, most recently served as MaxYield’s seed team leader. Before that, he was a seed solutions specialist in MaxYield’s eastern territory and an agronomy specialist in the cooperative’s Emmetsburg area.

Arndt and Sweeney will work together over the next year to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. “This will benefit MaxYield and our clients, since so many things in the agronomy calendar happen across the span of a year,” said Heim, who added that MaxYield is re-evaluating the structure of the seed and agronomy divisions.

In his new role, Sweeney will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for MaxYield Seed/Agronomy plus SciMax Solutions and GE-Max Nutrients LLC. Sweeney will also be responsible for product purchasing, pricing, inventory management, and the education and development of the seed and agronomy sales teams.

“We’re excited to have Greg step up into this new position,” Heim said. “He will spend each day finding ways to elevate our seed, agronomy, and SciMax business units and help us achieve our goals of increased market share.”

Sweeney looks forward to the challenge. “We have a great team to work with on a daily basis,” he said. “The great thing about working in ag is that it’s never dull. Every year is different, every day is different.”

Sweeney can speak from experience, since he remembers when corn was $2 a bushel, soybeans were $7 a bushel, and producers were focused on loan deficiency payments (LDPs). As he transitions to his new role, Sweeney will emphasize two key areas. “The first is fundamentals, from what we do on a daily basis to what we recommend to our clients,” Sweeney said. “We need to carefully evaluate and make sure the economics are there for our clients to implement the solutions we recommend.”

The second key to success? Focusing on new products and technologies to boost yields and profitability. “Growing more with less is a motto we’ve had for a number of years, and I don’t see that changing, especially with the current political and regulatory landscape,” Sweeney said. “MaxYield’s team will continue to improve and implement new practices to help our clients succeed.”

Editor’s note: Sweeney is a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned his degree in agronomy. He lives near Kanawha with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Owen, 9, and Caleb, 6.

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