Case Study
Managing Diversity

Garnavillo Mill uses agvision to manage its diverse product line

When Garnavillo Mill owner Roger Balk reluctantly brought computers into the business in 1995, AgVision Software turned his doubts into enthusiasm.

Balk admits he wasn’t very enthusiastic about computerizing Garnavillo Mills’ operations at the time. “I thought those computers would make great boat anchors,” he jokes. “AgVision made me a believer. I don’t know how they did it, but they did. Every year, we keep adding more and more AgVision software, because we are very happy with their services.”

Founded in 1936

Garnavillo Mill Inc. has been in business since 1936, when brothers Val and Robert Brandt started the feed mill in northeast Iowa. Balk began working at the mill in 1975.

In 1989, the Brandt brothers asked Balk to run the business, and in 2011, he and his wife, Shirley, bought the business and its diverse product line that AgVision software tracks.

Garnavillo Mill makes feed from the corn, soybeans, and oats it buys from local farmers and sells its products to customers in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Oregon.

In addition to selling feed for beef and dairy cattle, hogs, poultry, and milking goats, Garnavillo Mill also sells items ranging from flags to pet foods, Z-belts, fly spray, and electric motors for on-farm use.

“Brooms, shovels, pitchforks, you name it, and we try to sell it,” Balk tells Grain Journal. “And if we don’t have it in the store, I’ll try to find it.”

Garnavillo Mill uses AgVision’s accounting, payroll, commodity management, and scale interface software to track all incoming and outgoing operations.

Accounting and Payroll

The first AgVision products used by Garnavillo Mill were accounting and payroll programs. Next, it added AgVision’s Commodity Manager. “It does all of the calculations for drying and the shrink for our feed mixing program,” says Balk. “Plus, we can keep track of the grain coming in and going out. With the help of AgVision, we can track, code, and invoice feeds.”

In 2020, Garnavillo Mill added AgVision’s Scale & GAC Interface software. “It’s all working excellently,” he reports.

Balk reports that with the scale interface program addition, his HACCP Coordinator Ariell Funk is using the functionality in AgVision’s software to facilitate compliance with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system of food safety regulations.

Jerry Perkins, contributing editor

From November/December 2021 Grain Journal Issue

Feed Mill

Garnavillo Mill Inc.

Garnavillo, IA • 563-964-2243


Roger Balk, Owner

Shirley Balk, Owner

Founded: 1936

Actual storage capacity: 850,000 bushels

Crops handled: Corn, soybeans, and oats

Businesses: Grain buying, sales of bulk and bagged animal feeds (meal, concentrate, bulk delivery), grain hauling, and various on-farm products.

Number of employees: 10 full-time

Software Vendor

Ankeny, IA


Shelley Laracuente, Marketing Manager

Grain accounting software: AgVision Commodity Manager and Scale Interface.

Operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft Windows Desktop.

Software options: General ledger, disbursements, payroll, accounts receivable/bookings and prepaids, accounts payable, inventory, degree day and budget billing, fertilizer, seed, feed manufacturing, custom mixes, patron equity, and

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