November 28, 2020

Timing is Everything: Ordering Fuel in Advance Saves you Time, Money

20120927_farmers_219 compYou know how it goes. Your fuel tank is running low, so you think about placing an order. Then you get busy, and before you know it, you’re on empty and need fuel NOW.

We want to make sure you have the fuel you need, when you need it. If you give MaxYield Cooperative’s Energy Central a 24-hour notice, we can serve you most effectively. “Sometimes we get questions about why the system works this way,” said Chad Besch, MaxYield Cooperative’s energy team leader. “Here are some answers.”

Q: I just saw a MaxYield fuel truck drive by my house half an hour ago, so I called in my order. Why can’t they come back when they’re this close?

A: It’s about efficiency. Twenty years ago, every co-op location had a liquid propane (LP) truck and a refined fuels truck. Today, we cover all of MaxYield’s locations with four refined fuels trucks and four LP trucks.

Each truck holds 5,000 gallons, and daily routes are planned in advance for maximum efficiency. We set the routes each morning before the drivers leave.
A driver might travel 60 miles from one end of his territory to the other side during a work day. Sticking to the pre-planned route helps us serve all our clients effectively.

Mark Collins discusses fuel storage needs with Brandon Thilges.

Q: Why do you ask for a 24-hour notice?

A: Once again, it’s about efficiency. Pre-planned routes help us meet your needs while keeping costs manageable. We can certainly work you into the schedule when you call us at least 24 hours in advance.

Q: Do you have same-day delivery for fuel?

A: We do, but we ask that you call first thing in the morning. Also, there is an extra charge for same-day delivery. Compare this to UPS. If you order an item today and want to receive it tomorrow, you have to pay extra for fast shipping. It’s the same with MaxYield’s same-day fuel delivery.

Q: How can I make sure I have the fuel I need?

A: In addition to giving us a 24-hour notice, other solutions include:

– Investing in more fuel storage. If you’re not sure how much storage you need, we can help you run some numbers. We offer lease-to-own programs for refined fuels and LP, if you don’t want to purchase a tank outright. In many cases, additional fuel storage pays for itself quickly. Also, with planting right around the corner, make sure your fuel barrels are full before spring.

– Using premium diesel fuel. Our premium diesel includes storage additives, so if you fill up now, the fuel can remain in your tank until late next fall with no issues.

For more details on any of these solutions, call MaxYield’s Energy Central at 515-887-7282 or 866-711-7282 or log on to We look forward to serving you.


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