Awards 14 $1,000 Scholarships

$1,000 Scholarships Winners

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that they have awarded 14 $1,000 scholarships. This is the seventeenth year they have offered a scholarship program for their customers; already helping over 250 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.

$1,000 Scholarship Winners

CHS Larsen Cooperative offered this scholarship to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled post high school education. The 14 students that received the 2017 scholarship are as follows: Tiffany Bricco of Clintonville, parents are Joe and Debbie Bricco; Taylor Eilers of Waupaca, parents are Rodger Eilers and Jenifer Erb; McKenzie Glodowski of Rosholt, parents are Keith and Tracy Glodowski; Ethan Hass of Manawa, parents are Rodney and Lori Hass; Lane Hischke of Suring, parents are Dan and Erin Hischke; Jason Jaworski of Wausaukee, parents are Tim and Tracy Jaworski; Brianna Karweick of Seymour, parents are Vernon and Jill Karweick; Ashley Kurey of Freedom, parents are Ron and Debbie Kurey; Tyler Le Mahieu of Peshtigo, parents are Keith and Jean La Mahieu; Emily Madson of Lena, parents are Paul and Gail Madson; Payton Magdanz of Weyauwega, parents are Dan and Medora Magdanz; Emily Salm of Neenah, parents are Peter and Judy Salm; Dustin Thern of New London, parents are Will and Patti Thern, and Alex Zahn of Wausau, parents are Steve and Pam Zahn.

Apply for 2018 Scholarships Today

The criteria and 2018 application are on our scholarship page www.chslarsencooperative.com/community/scholarships. The deadline for the CHS Larsen Cooperative scholarship is March 15, 2018. Visit their website to download the application or call 1-800-924-6677.

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

Filling Food Shelves with Community Support in Harvest for Hunger

New London Harvest for Hunger Donation

CHS Larsen Cooperative had another successful year in the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign, an annual program that gathers funds, food, and grain to help fight hunger in local communities.

CHS Larsen Cooperative locally raised a total of $4,208 and 5,028 pounds of food, which their parent company, CHS, added bonus dollars to bring the 2017 total to $10,092. This will be distributed to seven partnering local food pantries in our surrounding area.

“Our ability to help local food shelves feed the hungry in our communities wouldn’t have been possible without a tremendous level of support from our employees and local businesses that donated to the CHS Harvest for Hunger drive,” said Todd Reif, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative.

In place of having a one-day event, we challenged all employees to come up with creative ways to raise money and food. There were some great ideas from auctions, bake sales, office lunches, donations from producer meetings, getting family members involved by letting kids pick out what food to donate, as well as asking community businesses and customers for support.

There was also tremendous support from local businesses donated to the cause. A big thank you goes out to all the sponsors, which are as follows: Willies Bar, Earth Sense Energy, Ebben’s Towing, Festival Foods of New London, New London Bowling Lanes and Hilby’s, Northland Electric Services, Steinke Auto, Lawton Dental, Dockside Design, Lallemand Specialties, Inc., Strum Foods, Tadych’s Econo Foods of Clintonville, Shopko Hometown of Clintonville, Great Lakes Kraut of Bear Creek, BidSpotter, Bahrke Auction, Winchester KwikTrip, Arls Foods Hollandtown, New London Park and Rec, and Culligan Water, along with other anonymous donations.

Weymont Harvest for Hunger donation
Seymour Harvest for Hunger Donation

 Clintonville Harvest for Hunger donation
 Freedom Harvest for Hunger Donation

 
Hortonville Harvest for Hunger Donation

 

 

Leadership changes at CHS

CHS Leadership - Darin Hunhoff, CHS EnergyCHS Leadership - Jay Debertin, president and CEOThe CHS Board of Directors has elected Jay D. Debertin as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of CHS. Debertin succeeds Carl Casale, who led CHS during record performance levels and expansion.

During Casale’s seven years with the company, CHS returned $3 billion to its owners, invested $9 billion in new capital expenditures and nearly doubled the size of its balance sheet from $8.7 billion in 2010 to $17.3 billion at the end of fiscal 2016. Casale focused on prudent fiscal management and enhancing management systems at the company.

“As we take our cooperative into its next chapter, we are confident that Jay is the right leader,” says Dan Schurr, chairman of the CHS Board of Directors. “Jay’s experience in achieving operational excellence and driving results fits squarely with our unwavering goal to deliver returns to our member-owners now and for the long term.”

Debertin previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company’s diverse energy operations and processing food ingredients business. He joined CHS in 1984 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the organization in energy, trading and risk management, transportation, and agricultural processing. Jay also serves as chairman of Ventura Foods.

“CHS is strong today because we drive the business with a central purpose in mind and that is to help our cooperatives and farmers grow,” says Debertin. “I look forward to working with our talented group of employees as we concentrate on world-class execution across our system. I see growth and strength ahead for our business.”

Additionally, Darin Hunhoff, who has been with CHS for 25 years in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as head of CHS strategy, will step into the role of leading CHS Energy and the processing and food ingredients business.

12 Propane Grilling Safety Tips

Propane Grilling

The trees are starting to bud and people are leaving their jackets at home. This can only mean one thing: It’s grilling season!

Antsy to fire up your FAVORITE CHARBROILED RECIPE? While grilling season is all about having fun with loved ones outdoors, it’s important to take proper safety measures before your first cookout. Outdoor grills have become very popular, and propane grills, in particular, come with their own set of precautions. To start your season off right, brush up on some important propane grilling guidelines below.

Purchasing your cylinders
  • Check all propane cylinders for dents or scratches before purchasing. Indentations can indicate potential leaks.
  • While transporting cylinders in your car, be sure to keep them upright and secured in place. Cylinders rolling around in your trunk or backseat can result in propane leaking into your vehicle.
  • Note that most states have restrictions on how many cylinders can be transported by motor vehicle at once. It’s always a good idea to review local laws and restrictions with your local fire department.
  • You can also purchase your propane cylinder at our local CHS Larsen Co-op New London Farm Store
Filling your cylinders
  • CHS Larsen Co-op also has a cylinder exchange program! For your convenience you can bring in your cylinder to our Oconto Falls location to exchange them.
  • In New London, you can either buy a new gas grill cylinder or fill your propane cylinders (any size).
Using your propane grill
  • Before you begin, take a few minutes to re-familiarize yourself with your grill’s manual. Double check the proper procedure for connecting a cylinder and for igniting your particular model.
  • Use your grill in an open area with good clearance above it. Remove any combustible materials that may be nearby.
  • Propane has an odor added to it that is similar to that of natural gas, so use your “sniffer” to detect signs of leaking.
  • Keep the lid of the grill open while lighting to avoid flash burns.
  • While operating the grill, maintain site lines and watch for any flare ups.
  • As a bonus safety precaution, have a water bottle nearby just in case any food or grease should catch fire.
Clean up and storage for next season
  • While packing up your grill, clean off any food residue or remaining grease to avoid any future flare ups or fires.
  • For long-term storage, keep cylinders upright, secure and out of reach for children.
  • Most states have fire codes for how many cylinders can be stored in one place. Your local fire department will have specific guidelines for your area

For any other questions or concerns about propane safety, you can check out the PROPANE EDUCATION AND RESOURCE CENTER’S website or contact your LOCAL Energy Specialist 

Image courtesy of FLICKR USER. Orginal Source Cenex.com

New Feed Department Manager

New Feed Department Manager

On May fourth, Dustin Millard accepted the Feed Department Manager position. From November 2016 through April 2017, Dustin worked as the interim feed department manager. During this trial period, he exhibited his growth in leadership as he transitioned from operations to department managerial duties. His strength came from his operations experience while bringing a quality product to customers by improving organization, efficiency, and safety through the feed mill.

After starting his career at Larsen Co-op in 2006, Dustin moved up into leadership roles, such as mill operator and operations manager. As operations manager, he has been diligent in finding ways to better our feed department. One area has been his passion for safety, where Dustin has worked persistently to improve days without a lost time accident which is up to 1,700 days as well as working with a third party to get the mill both HACCP Certified and Safe Feed, Safe Food Certified. With these improvements in operations and safety, he has been able to increase feed quality and decrease shrink loss from $10,000 a month down to $0 a month now, and he helped the labor efficiency improve by 30%.

As the interim manager, Dustin worked very closely with the Form-A-Feed team to build a partnership that brings great value to our local farmers. By having this partnership, we are able to offer our customers the assistance from many experts in the dairy and animal nutrition field. The Form-A-Feed team brings expertise on a much higher level, having Ph.D. level professionals who specialize in calves and pre-fresh transition cows. With such a diverse team of people, specializing in areas such as analytics, training and development, and nutrition, as partners, we have the right combination of resources to help solve the issues farm operations face today and move forward towards tomorrow.

Going Forward

Dustin is excited for this new opportunity to work with the agricultural community and to help farmers with solutions. He lives in New London and has a small hobby farm where he raises dairy beef bottle calves and finishes butcher steers to sell locally. With raising animals at home, he personally knows how important it is to feed livestock a high quality feed that our mill in Weyauwega produces.

Dustin plans to continue to find ways to improve and build a department that will help ensure we can serve our producers now and into the future. He plans to do this by working meticulously with the strong nutrition team at Form-A-Feed as well as with our local private consultants to keep our customers’ needs in the forefront. We will also continue to pursue additional alliances, with Form-A-Feed to bring the best possible service to our farmers.

Please help me in congratulating Dustin Millard in accepting the Feed Department Manager position at CHS Larsen Cooperative.

Hagie: Fungicide & Fertilizer in One Pass!

CHS Larsen Cooperative is very excited about our new Hagie STS 16. This new sprayer gives us the opportunity to apply both fungicide and fertilizer with our 360 Y-Drop system in the same pass. This machine has two separate tanks. This allows us to have both products loaded and spraying at once. This not only saves you time and money. You are also adding your nitrogen at the V8-V10 range as well as your fungicide protection with the undercover all in one pass. This also allows us to cover more acres with this new dual tank set-up.

We are excited to bring this Hagie into Wisconsin, as it is the only machine with these capabilities. CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to offer our patrons this unique service of applying fungicide and fertilizer in one pass. This machine will have 360 Y-drops mounted on the first 70-72 feet of the 120 foot boom to be able to apply late season nitrogen and undercover.

More about the Hagie STS 16

The 1,600 gallon solution capacity sprayer features 76 inches of under-frame clearance in a lightweight and balanced design. This widens the application window to perform timely and precise full season applications. Application equipment users maximize efficiencies with front mounted boom visibility from the spacious application-specific cab. This is designed specifically with operator safety and ergonomics in mind. Experience minimal crop damage with the narrow leg design and crop package, while enhanced capability for various tire options and attachment capability makes the STS a one machine solution for every application need.

This sprayer features a 9.0 liter John Deere PowerTech™ PSS engine rated at 375 horsepower, with a 413 horsepower bulge. This is the newest Final Tier 4 compliant sprayer model.

Hagie Front View

The Benefits of Precision Agriculture

United Soybean Board

When it comes to technology and data available within the agricultural industry, there’s a large amount of choices these days. It’s important retailers understand and are able to provide guidance for their customers about what works well and what doesn’t work as well. Understanding the technologies and datasets are important and how to best use them is even more crucial.

Precision agriculture is a term widely used today in the industry and essentially refers to technology and software systems that provide knowledge to enhance decision making, and if used properly can help contribute to reduced waste, increased profits, and protection of the environment.

Today growers are utilizing precision technology to enhance their growing process, including field application equipment and sensor platforms that control product purchases and can provide recorded data in real-time. Software is also available that can then be used to collect and analyze data to help inform retailers and growers of various decisions throughout the crop production process.

As precision agriculture increases momentum in 2017, here are four benefits and ways that precision agriculture can help growers increase field productivity while also reducing environmental stress.

  1. Monitor soil and plant parameters: Growers can determine peak conditions for plant growth by placing sensors throughout the fields.
  2. Automate field management: Soil and plant species can be automatically optimized through sensors taken from a Decision Support System, which can help determine the best moments to water and fertilize.
  3. Collect real-time data: Applying sensing devices throughout the field will allow a continuous monitoring of the chosen parameters and offers real-time data to help inform decisions throughout the planting and harvest season.
  4. Get the best results from labor and resources: Use technology to help maximize the benefits of your crop nutrients, crop protection and irrigation costs by using automatic sensors that alert the grower of the need or best time to irrigate, fertilize, etc.

It’s estimated that over 50 percent of growers currently engage in some form of agricultural technology. Precision agriculture can bring many benefits to growers who decide to use technology to help manage their fields.

Ag retailers have the opportunity to help their customers by providing them with local expertise on how the various technology available today, might best be implemented within their geography and more specifically within their individual operation to help them improve their return on investment in the most appropriate ways.

Original Source: Leaders of In-Furrow Technology, West Central

Market Rallies

Unloading Grain in Market Rallies

 

WILL SPRING EVER START? Rain, rain, and more rain has held everyone off from getting that good start on putting seed in the ground. While producers are waiting, they are watching the grain markets. We have seen some small market rallies with the weather being the focus. So, some producers have taken a step to sell some new and old crop. Doing something on a rally is better than doing nothing and wishing you had later. Watch for those market rallies because they may be short, but powerful enough to get you the price you are looking for.

GUARANTEED GRAIN DELIVERY AND STORAGE OPPORTUNITY UPDATE:

  1. Commitment cards are going to be sent out in the very near future. This cards will give you the opportunity to tell us how many bushels you are committing to with this guaranteed grain delivery and storage opportunity. Please watch for this card in your mail.
  2. After we receive the cards back we will be sending out information on when the payment will be due, along with a contract to sign.

If you are still wanting to learn more about this opportunity click here.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED INTEREST AND SUPPORT. THINK SUNSHINE!

by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator

2017 Alfalfa Considerations

Standing AlfalfaThe fall and winter of 2016, along with the spring of 2017, has surely wreaked havoc throughout our trade territory in regards to the alfalfa crop.  As agronomists, we are noticing some areas nearly untouched from winter-kill. While other fields are virtually a total loss.  Some older stands are weakened to the point that they will not provide ample feed for this year. They likely would be better off to rotated to corn.  CHS Larsen Cooperative still has an ample supply of alfalfa seed, both conventional and Roundup Ready®, along with oats for cover crop.  As the calendar pushed later, alternatives such as sorghum and sudan mixes may come into consideration.  Please talk to your agronomist about seed supply today.

If this spring doesn’t allow us time for seeding alfalfa, keep in mind that fall (August 1-15th) is another great time to get alfalfa established for the following year.  Remember to have your field soil tested. You will need to have an adequate pH before trying to establish alfalfa.

Healthy Crop

Those that have alfalfa, I still urge you to keep up your fertility program with Aspire® (Potash + Boron) and a sulfur source.  Recent years have offered us ample supplies of alfalfa. However, some may be looking to buy alfalfa due to the winter-kill.

Click here to read about some pricing considerations for standing crop from Greg Blonde, UW-Extension.

by Lisa Busse, CCA, Sales Agronomist

The Cool Side of Managing Heat, Diet and Transport Stress at Breeding Season

Managing Heat

The primary area of heat stress impacts on the beef industry has been focused largely on feedlot performance.  However, during the course of our field research on Hydro-Lac® for mitigating the effects of heat stress, some astute producers have tied some common sense-logic together with some of the most relevant and latest reproductive science to improve embryo transfer (ET) and artificial insemination (AI) results on their operations.

One area that producers and scientists alike have looked to most recently is improving fertilization rate and improving embryo survival rate.  Recent research in early embryonic death has been linked to heat stress, transport stress, body condition loss and dietary shifts near or shortly after the time of breeding¹.  Several, if not all of these potential stressor conditions, can exist in the scenario of beef cows and heifers being synchronized for timed AI programs.  Multiple processing chute trips, transporting to summer pastures with increased exposure to heat and solar radiation, the change in feed from hay-based rations to lush grass, and the potential to lose body weight briefly following this change all can negatively impact AI or ET success in the first 30 days or so post-breeding.  Therefore, managing and mitigating these stressors can have huge economic benefits to beef cow-calf producers.

Body Condition

The impact of body condition gain or loss may seem simple enough, but plane of nutrition at time of breeding can have a significant impact on embryo quality and survival².  This is possibly due to energy reserves available to the growing embryo at a tissue level in utero.  Cattlemen can apply the common-sense approaches of managing for low stress animal handling in combination with a diet transition plan that ensures a positive energy balance for females going out to pastures post-breeding to improve embryo survival.

Managing the breeding season diet is also where the proven practice of feeding Hydro-Lac® prior to and during stress events, such as heat or transport stress, has potential to be a valuable tool to improve first-service conception rates when fed in concert with beef synchronization programs.   Our repeated research trials show improved tissue energy reserves from feeding Hydro-Lac®³.   Producers have repeatedly shared that Hydro-Lac® provides a practical application of the product for the purposes of strategically improving energy status prior to and during the breeding season, which can positively impact overall pregnancy rates.  It’s simple, effective and holds great potential for improving return on the investment in high value genetics through AI or ET.

If you’d like more information about managing for greater reproductive success by managing diet, transportation and heat stress, contact your Form-A-Feed representative today.

 

¹Bridges, et. al., Nutritional Challenges for Embryo Survival in Cattle, MN Nutrition Conf 2014

²Kruse, et.al. 2013

³Kern, et. al. 2011,2013 & Hoffman, et. al. 2013

Original Source Form-A-Feed Written by: Daniel Kohls, P.A.S. – Form-A-Feed Nutrition and Production Specialist

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