Whether you grow wheat, milo, corn, soybeans or even white wheat, the Midland Marketing Coop grain department is dedicated to helping you get a competitive price for your crop. In addition to cash sales, our experienced team offers several different contract options to help you sell your grain. We can also help you market on-farm grain.
With a combined storage capacity of nearly 13.99 million bushels, we have elevators located in Hays, Brownell, Hargrave, La Crosse, McCracken, Natoma, Palco, Plainville, Toulon, Yocemento and Zurich to meet the needs of area producers. Six of our locations are situated on rail lines to provide access to rail markets. We’ve added storage to several of these sites over the past few years and we continue to reinvest in our facilities to meet the growing needs of our members.
Whether you’re a longtime customer or just starting to work with us, our grain marketing team is always just a phone call away to answer your questions. And if you’ve never marketed your grain through Midland Marketing, contact us today to learn about the value we can bring to your operation.
All grain prices are subject to change at any time. Cash bids are based on 10-minute delayed futures prices, unless otherwise noted. Call the Midland Marketing Hays office for accurate pricing. Checks can be issued at the Hays, La Crosse, McCracken, Palco and Plainville locations.
Midland Marketing offers a variety of ways for you to market your grain in addition to the cash sale. Click on the options below to learn how they can work for you. Please contact our office if you are looking for other contract options.
Basis: The difference (or spread) between the local price and the Future price
Used to price grain ‘across the scale’ or off storage (delayed price)
Chicago Board of Trade (Future Price)
Reasons to use a Cash Sale
- Cash Flow Needs
- Avoid storage (DP) charges – or stop them
- Think prices are going lower
- Reduce risk on portion of production
- Average out of sale prices over time
- Lock-in a Profitable return on production
- Transfer grain quality responsibility
Future price + Basis = Cash price
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Audrey Werth joined Midland Marketing in March of 2019 and worked with the Grain Merchandising Advisory Program. In August 2019 she began her role in Customer Relations. Before joining Midland, she was a Commercial Lender at Commerce Bank for 8 years. Audrey serves on the Ellis County Farm Bureau Board, Community Development Committee of the K-State Research, and Extension Council for the Cottonwood District. She is also actively involved with the Hays Area Young Professors, Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Audrey attended Fort Hays State University and earned a B.S. in Agriculture. Audrey grew up north of Hays on a farm and ranch, where her parents still raise cattle and farm. Growing up, she showed cattle and pigs in 4-H. In her free time, Audrey enjoys spending time outside with her dog, being at the lake, and traveling. She also loves cooking and being crafty.
Blake Schonthaler has over a decade of experience at the company and is currently the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Blake worked as the Staff Accountant for eight years and has assisted with IT duties. He grew up on a family farm north west of Hays. He attended Fort Hays State University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. In his free time, he enjoys working on projects in his shop and mountain biking at Wilson Lake and in Colorado. Blake is always rooting for the Royals and the Kansas Jayhawks!
Doug Dreiling joined Midland Marketing in September of 2010 as the Central Area Manager. In September 2019 he assumed the role of Grain Merchandiser. Before joining Midland, he worked for BASF as a Sales Representative in northwest Kansas. Doug grew up in Hays and graduated from Fort Hays State University with an Agricultural Business Degree. He and his wife Lindsey have four children: Dylan, Elle, Beau, and Colton. In his free time, Doug enjoys staying involved with all his kids’ activities.
Kelly Brady joined Midland Marketing in November of 2017 as Assistant Controller. Before joining Midland, he worked for Crawford Supply Co. in customer support and IT for three years. Kelly graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He grew up in a small town in southwest Kansas. His parents were both farmers; his dad is an owner operator of a trucking business, and his mom has worked at a John Deere dealership for over 20 years. Kelly and his wife, Victoria, have a son, Brody. In his free time, Kelly enjoys golf, hunting with his dog Fury, watching sports, and spending time with his family.
Melanie Wendling-Staab joined Midland Marketing in 2017 in Grain Accounting. Before joining Midland, she worked as Customer Service Assistance and A Crop Insurance Agent for 13 years at High Plains Farm Credit. She also worked as A Crop Insurance and Property and Casualty Agent for 4 years at Heritage Insurance and served as CNA and Ward Clerk at Graham County Hospital for 6 years. Melanie is also a School Board member, a City Council member, and Emergency Medical Technician. She attended Fort Hays State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business. Melanie grew up on a farm in Northern Ellis County and still helps with the farming operation today, which consists of wheat, milo, and cow/calf. She is married to Todd Staab and they have three children Coedy, Chrys, and Cassidy. The boys farm with their dad and Cassidy is an in nursing school and working at Hays Med Center. In her free time, Melanie enjoys working with cattle, deer hunting, fishing, racing, and cooking.
Kacie Timmons joined our team at Midland Marketing in 2020 as an intern. When she graduated in the spring of 2021, she became a full-time Customer Service Rep/Administrative Assistant. Before joining Midland Marketing, Kacie attended Fort Hays State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business. While in college she had worked as an intern at Trinity Ag LLC in Smith Center. Kacie grew up on her family farm where they raise crops and have a cow/calf operation in Smith Center. When Kacie isn’t at work she enjoys reading, cooking, or being outside on her family’s farm.