Three Considerations When Purchasing Used Equipment

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Equipment can be one of the most expensive investments you can make for your business. And with today’s lower grain/milk prices and tighter budgets, many farmers are considering used machinery as an alternative to buying new. However, the hours logged on a piece of machinery are not always a reliable indicator of the health of the engine. Below, are listed three considerations that may help you make a final decision when you are in the market for “new-used” equipment.

  1. Get an oil analysis.
    Potential buyers can look for leaks and damage when inspecting used machinery, but even if a piece of equipment looks good on the outside, it’s harder to tell the condition under the hood. That’s where an oil analysis can be a valuable tool for the buyer. It is like a blood test for a machine’s engine, transmission and hydraulic systems. The cost of an oil analysis kit ($15 to $25) is minimal considering the valuable insights it can provide on a machine that likely costs tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy.
  1. Consider the age of the engine and the fuel it’ll need. (more…)

Dale Fire & Rescue Department Purchases New AED’s with CHS Safety Grant

On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, CHS Larsen Cooperative employees Todd Reif and Kelsey Luke awarded a CHS Safety grant for $4,000 to Dale Fire & Rescue Department members Max Krenke, Amie Jorgensen and Jamie Gore. The fire department plans to use these funds to purchase three Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED). They intend to equip two Medical First Responders (MFR) and leave the third AED mounted at CHS Larsen Cooperative Readfield location for quick access in case of cardiac incident at the facility.

There are approximated 5,000 people who reside in the district covered by Dale Fire and Rescue.  In the care continuum early CCR/AED intervention have proven to increase survival rates and our department is working on expanding its capability. By purchasing these additional units they hope to decrease delays in response time to critical cardiac calls, expand capability of MFR’s to utilize lifesaving equipment upon first contact with patient anywhere in the district and provide immediate intervention in a cardiac emergency at CHS Larsen Cooperative.

The Dale Fire and Rescue Department has a great working relationship with CHS Larsen Cooperative. Yearly, the fire department comes the co-op to do their annual training on advanced rescue and confined space, with neighboring mutual aid fire departments. The emphasis of this training is to further understanding of the cooperative’s facilities, its hazards, and how they can better handle any possible firefighting or rescue needs.

“Early intervention is a critical part of the Chain of Survival. Quick access to an AED is key component in the chain and this grant money will help us get AED’s into the hands of our First Responders. Thank you to CHS for the financial support in getting AED’s into the hands of Medical First Responders who need them,” said Robert Wilkins, EMS Director for Dale Fire & Rescue. “EMS is constantly changing, medical first responders are being asked to do more challenging skills in the field.  We can move one step closer to our goal with the help of CHS Larsen Co-op and this grant.”

CHS Larsen Cooperative is very grateful to have such a great department to work with in case of any future emergencies and is happy to provide opportunities to support them.

Picture Left to Right: Kelsey Luke, Amie Jorgensen, Jamie Gore, Todd Reif and Max Krenke.

On January 25 the Dale Fire and Rescue delivered the AED that will stay at our Readfield location. Pictured here left to right are Firefighter/First Responder, Chris Tews,  CHS Larsen General Manager, Todd Reif, Fire Chief, Jim Emmons and Firefighter/First Responder  Nick DeShaney.

The Importance of Soil Sampling

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Most research today supports soil sampling and testing as a best management practice. Growers should take the opportunity learn as much as possible about their soil in order to produce their best yields. This includes knowing what nutrient deficiencies exist in their soil.

 The following explains the process of soil sampling, and highlights key data growers will learn from testing and analyzing their soil.

The Soil Sampling Process

The primary objective of soil sampling is to provide a representative sample of the fertility within the field.

Based on the variability throughout the field, the number of acres per sample will vary.

  • If soils are similar in texture, slope, previous crop and production practices, then the number of acres per sample can increase.
  • If soils within a field are variable, than those areas can be sampled separately to determine the needs in those specific areas.

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Pamer and Sleik Participate in CHS New Leader Forum

Two local young producers learned how they can play a crucial role in helping agriculture and the cooperative system thrive during the CHS New Leaders Forum, hosted by CHS Inc., the nation’s leading cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company.

Mike Pamer, Winnecone, Wis., and Bryan Sleik, Winnecone, Wis., were among more than 100 men and women from across the U.S. and Canada nominated to participate in the program held Nov. 29- Dec. 2, 2016, in conjunction with the CHS Annual Meeting. The participants represented CHS Larsen Cooperative, New London, Wis.

During the event, attendees explored more about the cooperative system, cooperative board leadership andsuccession planning. Pamer and Sleik also developed advocacy skills by participating in discussions on the issues and challenges facing cooperatives, agriculture and rural America.

Participants heard from CHS leaders including Carl Casale, CHS president and CEO; Jay Debertin, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Energy and Foods; Gary Halverson, vice president, Farm Supply, CHS Country Operations; and John Engelen, vice president, Government Affairs.  David Horsager, CEO, Horsager Leadership, also presented a workshop on the importance of building trust relationships and how it plays a vital role in local cooperatives and farming operations, while Steve Hamilton of The Land as Your Legacy® program illustrated the value of early succession planning.

The New Leaders Forum featured networking events with the CHS Board of Directors, management and employees which encouraged participants to voice their opinions on how CHS should evolve to best serve farmers for the future. Following theprogram attendees joined more than 2,000 CHS owners for the 2016 CHS Annual Meeting, which included agricultural-related educational sessions about the essential insights necessary to move forward in agriculture, the annual meeting business session and a keynote address by Peter Zeihan, a  geopolitical strategist.

Big Data Innovations in Agriculture

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The agriculture industry not only provides food, energy and products that we all use on a daily basis, it is also often a leader in technology. Agricultural companies, professionals and even individual growers are often at the forefront of new technology concepts as they continue to work to make this very busy industry more efficient in costs, production and labor.

The industry continues to grow and evolve – making growers’ lives easier while still allowing them to produce the food that feeds the world. A few of the newest innovations are stemming from the big data trend that’s making a huge impact across most industries.  (more…)

3 Challenges Growers Face in Current Agriculture Landscape

 

It’s easy to look around and see how agriculture impacts our world. This might be one of the reasons you chose a career in production agriculture. Even though you love your chosen career path, it doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges out there every day. The difference between the successful growers and the ones who aren’t as successful is how they approach the challenges that come their way.

The best way to solve a challenge is by looking at the opportunities behind the challenge and then taking control of your own destiny. The following are three very different challenges, but each with opportunities for you to succeed.

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Soil Compaction

By Seth Warner, YieldPoint Specialist

Here in northeast Wisconsin we tend to have very wet falls and springs which can cause concern for soil compaction. Having advancements of larger equipment has greatly reduced the issue because the weight is distributed over a larger surface area. However, even with smaller equipment, there are some things to keep in mind to reduce the issue. Did you know that one pass of equipment can cause 70% of compaction issues?

Knowing that equipment can have such an influence on soil we encourage farmers to keep traffic paths the same throughout the field. For example, it is better to concentrate the compaction to the headlands.  Contrary to popular belief, saturated soils will not get compacted like moist soils. The excessive water in the soil profile actually carries the weight of the load instead of the soil carrying it. Conversely, a deep tillage pass may not always be the right answer when ruts are made throughout the field. By using a soil compaction probe, you can determine what type of compaction issues are within your fields.

If you are finding compaction issues feel free to contact our YieldPoint Team to help decipher what actions you can take to help avoid future problems.

Wrapping Up 2016 Harvest

by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator

Another harvest season has come to a close for most of our producers. As we reflect back it was a fast and furious one with added rain, which held off some of the acres to be harvested until we had a long stretch of freezing temperatures. That time has now come and we are feeling it all the way to our toes. Thank goodness December 21st is coming and days will start to get longer.

Abundance has been the name of the game this harvest season, with yields above average and quality at one of its highest levels. This means that the producers have more grain to sell/store at the elevator this year. LARGE CROPS and SPACE are two thoughts that have been on the minds of many this season. This concern can be put together with CONDO STORAGE. Do you know what it is? If not, ask your friendly grain employee.

Markets reflected the abundance and made some movement in a downward price direction that was anticipated, but others were unforeseen. The unexpected bright spot has been the positive movement of the bean market with demand for the oils. Producers have been on top of it and are taking advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves. Not only are producers marketing the bushels in the bins, they are also making plans for the next season ahead. Knowing what it takes to put the crop in the ground will help determine what needs to be covered for the input costs next year. Get some of it taken care of when you see rallies in the market. Have a plan – each producer has different needs—do you know yours?

Producers have worked hard to put grain in on-farm storage, so please make sure everyone is taking the precautions to care for it.  Fans need to be clear of debris and maintained so that air flow is not restricted and grain can stay fresh. When you are working with bins, safety is the number one concern. Always let others know what you are doing and when, that way your safety and their’s is taken into consideration.

As our loyal customers labored to get the harvest off the fields, all the employees at the elevators worked to receive it. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for the long hours and days of work to get the harvest processed efficiently and safely.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON

CHS Annual Meeting delegates approve amendments to articles and bylaws

Delegates to the CHS Annual Meeting have approved amendments to the CHS Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The amendments created a new membership class structure and criteria.

“We appreciate our owners’ commitment to the governance of the company they own, as evidenced by their strong interest in the proposed changes to the core CHS governing documents” says CHS Board Chairman David Bielenberg. “Having a voice in the governance of the company you own and do business with is an essential point of difference of the cooperative business model.”

The two resolutions – one amending the company’s articles and the other amending the CHS bylaws – each received a “yes” vote of more than 86 percent.

When the CHS Board reconvenes in 2017, it will work to develop procedures regarding implementation and for members to periodically certify their ongoing eligibility for their membership class. “We are committed to keeping members fully informed,” Bielenberg says.

Steve Fritel, chairman of the CHS Board’s Governance Committee, says the board took its commitment to communication seriously by listening to owners, keeping the proposed changes simple and ensuring there was time for learning and conversation.

“Our goal is always to ensure that CHS remains an agricultural-focused and producer-governed cooperative,” Fritel said. “At the same time, we also recognize we must accommodate our current members as they change to stay relevant to their customers. Our articles and bylaws need to line up with the ways our members do business today, while recognizing the strong heritage of the member cooperatives who built today’s CHS.”

View details of the new membership classes on the CHS Governance page.

Technology Helps Growers with Environmental Stewardship

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Growers are often called stewards of the land, and with the supply and demand increasing at a rapid pace they are also looked upon to produce higher quantities of food and grain in the same amount of time, all while protecting the environment.

Thanks to today’s innovative technology, environmental concerns including soil erosion, animal welfare and nutrient runoff can be minimized or prevented.

Farms are becoming increasingly progressive and the use of technology has made farming practices more sustainable to the environment than we have ever seen in history.

Improvements in technology continue to help growers with their environmental stewardship efforts, including: (more…)

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