Posts By: Anne Moore

Make the Switch: Propane-Powered School Buses

By: MATT KUMM, CHS propane marketing manager in PROPANE

Most people can’t tell from simply glancing at one as it passes down the road, but propane auto-gas school buses are becoming increasingly popular in communities across the country. Today, there are more than 11,000 propane school buses operating in the United States. Each year, more communities are making the switch as school officials continue to look for ways to cut emissions, provide healthier environments for students and save costs wherever possible.

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Evaluating Technologies and Innovations for Dairies

Written by: Dave Lahr, M.S., Form-A-Feed Nutritionist

Technologies and Innovations for Dairies

Dairies have been adopting new technologies for generations.  Our grandparents or great-grandparents may have been among the first in the area to use a milking machine, or AI.  Can you imagine dairying without bulk tanks and refrigeration, or automatic waterers?  Now, robotic milkers and computerized calf feeding systems are common.  New tools and technologies are becoming available with increasing frequency.

So how does a dairy manager decide which technologies are right for their operation?

The ones with the most enticing advertising, or the one used by that elite herd you just read about?

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The 4 R’s For Nitrogen Management and Corn Production in Wisconsin

By Alex Yost, YieldPoint™ Program Specialist

Recently the Agri-View newspaper published an insert of UW Discovery farms research in Buffalo County, this Insert sparked my interest as I read about the sustainability techniques and cropping system that the grower utilized to minimize field runoff and maximize his production. The article partially touches on nitrogen use, but emphasizes the use of the 4 R’s of sustainability, the right source, the right rate, right timing, and the right placement. All of these techniques can lead to increased yields and sometimes decreased costs on farms across the state. Managing the 4 R’s can be a headache for your operation if not assisted by the professional minds of CHS Larsen Cooperative.

Starting with the right source, CHS Larsen Cooperative offers an assortment of types of nitrogen fertilizer, talking with your agronomist and YieldPoint™ representative can help find you the right source of nitrogen to best suit your cropping system.

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Grain Moving this Spring

Grain meetings will be held April 5th at Crystal Falls and April 6th at Larsen. Invites are being sent out. (watch your mail)

Monday, March 20, 2017 Spring began with temperatures that were above normal. We are just not sure what normal is…winds the week before were certainly not normal, with gusts up over 60 mph. The tarp on the pile of corn at Readfield did its best but could not hold on. The crew is in the process of getting it off the ground, so please be aware of a different traffic pattern when going around the facility.

 

A special THANK YOU to all our employees that did an awesome job picking up the pile of corn in Amherst. Way to go!!!

March 31, 2017 will be a date to watch for the Planting Intentions Report. All eyes will be focused on how many acres farmers are intending to put in the ground and what is going in those acres. We will need to have more exports, demand, and end users to consume the abundance.

Spring can be a very hectic time of year with everyone trying to get outside work started. Please be aware of who and what is around you.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Working to Help Educate Fox Valley Tech Students about Ag Careers

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) as they work together to help educate the next generation in ag. For over 20 years they have had a strong working relationship with the tech school’s Ag department. This week CHS employees helped give hands on experiences to students that are interested in going into the Ag industry.

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CHS YieldPoint High Efficiency Farming Seminar March 7th

CHS Larsen Cooperative is hosting a High Efficiency Farming Seminar on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. All are invited to come and get answers to your crop planning, while exploring the latest technologies available to maximize crop production success!

There will be a full house of new and updated equipment on display. The seminar will include presentations from the nations leading precision Ag Companies, including: Precision Planting, 360 Yield Center, Crop IMS/Ag Leader, Meridian, Yetter, and Harvest International.

You also have the opportunity to win some great door prizes! We will be giving away an Ag Leader Compass Display, Craftsman Tool Sets, and Soil Scan program certificates.

Doors open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017; Meeting 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

RSVP to Ryan Jones at 920-410-0649.

The full line up of speakers are as follows:

“The Planter of Tomorrow is in Your Shed Today” – Mike Schlitt, Precision Planting
“A Planter Designed for Precision” – Dustin Friesen, Harvest International
“Unlocking Your Full Yield Potential” – Aaron Phillips, 360 Yield Center
“Work Smarter Not Harder” – Andy Briggs, Crop IMS / Ag Leader
“Profitable Solutions for Production Ag.” -Tyler Thomas, Yetter
“Innovators of Seed Handling” – Lewis Wenell, Meridian

Bring canned goods for Harvest for Hunger and you’ll receive an additional raffle ticket! 

 

Harvest For Hunger Kicks Off March 1st

CHS Larsen Cooperative is excited to launch this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. Each year CHS Larsen Cooperative, and CHS Inc. team up to collect food, monetary, and crop donations to help keep local food pantry shelves stocked. As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, CHS Larsen Cooperative will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega, Larsen, and Oconto Falls; we will then deliver all collections to our local food pantries.

Hunger is a reality for more than 40 million people in America, including 13.1 million children. Every dollar we raise through CHS Harvest for Hunger can purchase six pounds of food through our food banks. That’s making a real difference for those in need.

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates. In 2016, CHS Larsen Cooperative raised $5,393.55 and over 1,890 pounds of food which their parent company, CHS, added bonus dollars, bringing the 2016 total to $11,207.55. This all stayed in the communities in which we reside.

We will be hosting a 10 days of giving or $10 challenge at each of our locations to encourage collections, check our website out for more details. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be accepted. You can also bring your donations to the Early Seed pick up days in New London. If you would like to donate to this cause but are unable to drop it off at one of our locations please contact Cathie Hansen at our main office 920-982-1111 and she will send someone out to pick up the donation. Or you may mail a check to CHS Larsen Cooperative Attn: Harvest for Hunger P.O. Box 308 New London WI, 54961.

You will see 100% of the proceeds stay local in our surrounding area food pantries. CHS Country Operations matches a portion of all donations raised. Please help us make this year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger another successful year. Let’s fight hunger together!

We thank you for your generosity!

CHS Larsen Cooperative Offers up to $20,000 in Scholarships

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that we will be offering up to $20,000 in scholarships. This is the seventeenth year they have offered a scholarship program for their customers; already helping over 200 students. CHS Larsen Cooperative’s trade territory has expanded and they have felt the need to return support to the communities that help support their cooperative.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is offering graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled post high school education students a chance to apply for up to $20,000 in scholarships. Students must be furthering their education in agricultural or nonagricultural major at a two-year agricultural short course program, technical school, a two-year school, or a four-year college. To be eligible, the student, parent, or guardian must be a patron member of CHS Larsen Cooperative.

The criteria and 2016 application are on their website CHSLarsenCooperative.com/community/scholarship. The deadline for the CHS Larsen Cooperative scholarship is March 15, 2017. Visit their website to download the application or call 1-800-924-6677.

In addition to their local scholarship, CHS Inc. Foundation awards more than 300- $1,000 scholarships. To apply for the CHS Foundation scholarship go to chsinc.com/stewardships/scholarships. The deadline for the foundation scholarship is April 1, 2017.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support our local youth in agriculture. It pays to invest in our local future agricultural business leaders.

Grain Flash

by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator

The market moves fast, sometimes when you are not expecting it to. Since January 12th we have been in a rally market with over a $0.50 cent increase in the cash soybean market. Cash corn has stayed above the $3.00 mark with some gain following soybeans, and wheat also made it above $3.50. We are encouraging anyone with old crop in storage to seriously think of selling. Along with that, getting some of your new crop contracts in place. New Crop beans are trying hard to get to the $9.50 mark, corn is around $3.40 and wheat is creeping up to the higher $3.70’s. A rally is a time to build on averages and this one has made it possible to lock in the best prices that we have seen in a long time.

South America weather has played a big part in the reason for the rally in the soybean market with corn and wheat to follow along. We will be watching the wheat market for any predictions on what the crop will look like for the coming season.

The weather here has not been very nice for us either. Rain and freezing temperatures have made ice and some nasty roads to travel on. Walking on the driveways turned into slip sliding and if you were lucky you made it to your car safely doing the penguin walk.

 !!!COME ON SPRING!!!    

!!!GO PACK GO!!!

More Choices to Control Broadleaf Weeds

by Matt McKown, Agronomy Sales Manager

With the EPA’s approval of the low volatility dicamba products, farmers now have more choices for the control of broadleaf weeds such as palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail as well as tough to control lambsquarter and velvetleaf. By combining innovative trait technologies and herbicide options this will help maximize weed control and increase yield potential. This allows us to utilize dicamba and glyphosate for pre-planting and an in-crop option RoundUp Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans.

With this approval there are some standard restrictions such as:

  • It may not be applied by aircraft
  • It may not be applied in winds over 15mph
  • It can only be applied by specific nozzles at specific rates
  • It must have a within-field buffer of 110 to 220 feet depending on application rate

We also need to be very mindful of specialty crops and other plant life that could be damaged from the use of the dicamba products. The EPA requires very specific and rigorous drift mitigation measures for the use of these products. Always make sure to fully read the label before use. Give your CHS agronomist a call to learn more about dicamba products and the RoundUp Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans for the 2017 planting season.

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