Farming in an Industry of Doing 1,000 Things 1% Better

Life tends to be a road of continuing education.  Farming is the same way.

Farming is not an industry of doing one thing a thousand percent better.  It’s an industry of doing a thousand things one percent better.

That’s where we come in.  We understand that farmers work with very tight profit margins……there’s little room for error.  We help you implement improvements in each area of your operation.  When those improvements are done together….it improves your bottom line.

Educational Hub

Key to Success in Farming


Corn Capital Innovations is an educational hub for producers to be constantly challenged and informed on how to break yield barriers each and every year.  Learn more about Corn Capital Innovations and how we can help develop a continuing education program for your farm.  It’s the key to success in farming!

Check us out on Facebook or contact our team – give us a call at (320) 523-2252.  We’re Corn Capital Innovations of Olivia….a great hand in farming.

Bring a Relaxed Feeling to Your Farming Operation

Bring a Relaxed Feeling to Your Farming OperationSummer can be a busy time of the year, but here in MN we make sure that we fit in the activities that give us that relaxed feeling.

As we visit with the farming clients that we work with, we hear what they do to relax. Some love feeling the wind as they head down the highway on their motorcycle.

Some enjoy hitting an area lake to haul in their limit of Walleyes and then grilling them over an open fire while camping on shore. Others relax making smores with the family over a bonfire in the back yard.

Farming Operation

A relaxed feeling is what Corn Capital Innovations can provide for you in your farming operation.  We work with you, one on one, to attain your goals through:

Your Great Hand in Farming

Let corn Capital Innovations of Olivia bring that relaxed feeling to your farming operation. For more information, contact us at (320) 523-2252. We are your great hand in farming.


Hit a Homerun Using the 4 Components of Farm Profitability

If you’re a baseball fan….you know that the only way to score is by rounding the bases.  You need to rely on your coaches and work as a team.  Farm profitability is very similar.

4 Components of Farm Profitability

  1. Let’s say you are up to bat at home base….we’ll consider that production.  It all starts here….where you have the most control….focused on preparing the field, planting the right seed at the correct depth and nurturing it through the growing season.
  2. Let’s compare first base to crop insurance….protecting your investment to secure revenue and provide peace of mind.
  3. Now you’re heading for second.  We’ll call that grain marketing.  The most difficult job a grower faces.  Utilize Corn Capital Innovations experts to help you get the competitive advantage in the changing market.
  4. Third base is financial management and analysis, whether to buy a new combine or expand your acreage.  We help you figure out your profit margins, manage labor and set up a business plan.

Hit a Homerun with CCI

Visiting the field - NEPSRounding third and heading for home is putting all 4 components of farm profitability together for your unique needs.  That’s where CCI becomes a truly educational hub of information and a great hand in farming.

Let us be part of your winning team! Contact us at (320) 523-2252.

Meet Our New Production Supervisor – Eric Zempel

What do farming and hair braiding have in common? Eric Zempel, the new Production Supervisor here at Corn Capital Innovations!

Eric Knows Farming

Eric Zempel, Production SupervisorEric grew up on a farm between Morgan and Franklin, Minnesota with his two older and one younger sister. His family farmed corn and soybeans.

He graduated from Cedar Mountain High School then continued his education at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. While there he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Law Enforcement and Management. After graduating Eric attended Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN and received his Law Enforcement Skills Training.

Eric started working for Monsanto Pre-Foundation in Redwood Falls, MN as a seasonal employee, until 2012 when he was hired as a full-time seed technician. He currently resides in Danube with his wife, Amy, and dog, Diesel. During his free time Eric enjoys helping his father farm; he also enjoys spending time hunting and fishing.

Eric in the Hot Seat

We felt it was only fair to turn up the heat and put the newbie in the hot seat by asking him a few tough questions. Please enjoy his answers, and a few comments from the peanut gallery, with us!

Question #1: What is your favorite part about working at CCI so far?

My favorite part of working at CCI is being able to interact with the customers and working with a great group of people. (He answered this one perfectly, maybe too perfectly!)

Question #2: What is your favorite tractor?

I don’t really have a favorite tractor. I grew up on a farm that had a majority of red tractors, but a few green ones too. I guess one that works is my favorite. Haha! I do enjoy older restored tractors, just seeing how far technology has come is quite impressive. But you can say that I do like both Case IH and John Deere. (Good call on the safe answer, this could’ve been a deal breaker!)

Question #3: Do you have a favorite memory of growing up on the farm?

My favorite memory on the farm would have to be coming home from school in the fall and going to sit in either the combine or the tractor and ride around for several hours with my parents. Then being taught by my parents how to operate the equipment as I got older. (Wow! I think we can all agree with that!)

Question #4: Can you tell us something unique or funny about yourself?

This is a tough question to answer. I think that I would have to say that since I grew up with three sisters, I have the ability to braid hair and put it up in a bun. Also I have the ability to sew, including putting in zippers, adding seams and attaching buttons. (This will come in handy around the office when we’re having a bad hair day or a wardrobe emergency!)

Meet Eric in Person

Feel free to stop by Corn Capital Innovations and meet Eric in person. He’ll be in the warehouse making sure everything is organized, accurate, and running smoothly. You might also spot him working in the field with seed plots and agronomy practices. Please contact us if you have any questions, or click here to meet more members of our growing team.

How do you think Eric did in the hot seat? Add your peanut gallery comments below.

2015 Planting Prep

The snow has melted, the grass is starting to turn green and farm equipment across the midwest is slowly starting to roll out of hibernation. Spring is here and that means planting season is just around the corner! Are you prepared?

Recently I had the opportunity to contribute to this article “Four Areas to Consider in 2015 Planting Prep” by WaterStreet Solutions. I felt it was important to share this information with you. Below are some key points from the article including a link to the full article.

What will it take to prepare for a successful 2015 planting season?

In my opinion, mindset is very important going into a crop year – it greatly influences success or failure. It will be important to approach the 2015 growing season with discipline, patience and strong belief in the crops potential, despite challenging farm economics.

These are four primary components to preparing for the new planting and growing season:

  1. PlanningPlant 15 Prep
  2. Agronomics
  3. Patience
  4. Execution


  • Anticipate the emotion that happens during planting season
  • Create revenue by increasing production
  • Mentally walk through your planting and growing season
  • Review “what-if” scenarios


Check that all inputs are ready by going through a series of questions. Please review the list of seed, trait packages, fertilizer, weed, production and yield questions in the full version of the article.


Be patient and consider the soil conditions before you start preparing the ground. Remember: By the time you’ve finished planting you’ve already dictated 75% of the yield potential of your crop! That’s how important soil conditions are during planting. In the full article I’ve included a few questions to ask yourself to determine if the soil is optimal for field work to begin.


  • Use the previous three factors to execute when the time is right
  • Preparation promotes a smooth season in the field
  • Keep your eyes on the ultimate goal – being the lowest cost per bushel producer

Prepare For a Successful 2015 Season

Make sure you do your pre-planting prep work and take time to prepare your mind for the challenges and opportunities that a new growing season presents. Start by reading the entire pre-planting prep article from WaterStreet Solutions and answering the questions provided. The team at Corn Capital Innovations would be happy to guide you through the pre-planting preparation process, please contact us for more information.

Read Full Article – “Four Areas to Consider in 2015 Planting Prep”

How do you prepare for the planting and growing season? Please share your tips in the comments below.
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