Control the chaos of harvest

corn harvest

The following information is provided by Nationwide, the #1 farm and ranch insurer in the U.S.1

During the busy harvest season, farms and grain-handling facilities are some of the most dangerous places to work. Slips and falls from ladders, entanglements from augers and PTOs, crushing injuries from grain truck and railroad traffic, grain bin entrapment and engulfment from grain bin entry, and fires and explosions from grain dust accumulation, are just some of the hazards.

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Harvest Monitor Checklist

GPS-based yield data has proven to be an extremely valuable management. However, improperly calibrated yield monitors can essentially generate difficult to interpret or useless data. 

Economic risk in agriculture has increased dramatically. Considering the amount of economic risk involved in each decision, taking the time and patience to properly calibrate a yield monitor is essential if the yield data will be used to make future agronomic decisions for your farming operation. 

Below are a few items that will help your operation make sure your monitoring system is ready and can get you the data your operation needs. 

Fall Monitor Checklist  

  • Monitor startup and available storage  
  • Verify variety tracking information 
  • Check for necessary monitor updates at local OEM dealer or CHS Larsen. 
  • Clean out moisture sensor area from cobs and grain fines from last years crop.  
  • Calibrate monitor with a weigh wagon for OEM and Ag Leader monitors. Multiple loads will need to be entered to ensure accurate data. For Precision Planting Yieldsense users calibrate using a single semi load of grain with a certified scale. 

For Climate FieldView Users 

  • Update Cab App to most current version in App Store  
  • Do NOT update iPad IOS version 14 until further notice.  
  • Plug FieldView Drive into the CAN Bus port or adapter cable 
  • Verify Bluetooth connection in iPad settings as well as Cab App  
  • Verify planting data is in FieldView Cab App 
  • Check equipment tab and make sure heads and platforms match your current setup 
  • Test “activation” of a field  

Contact your local CHS YieldPoint Specialist for help getting the most out of your data this fall. 

Happy Harvest! Call our Team to Help with you Monitor Issues.

CHS supports Little Suamico Fire Dept through $2,610 grant

Left-Right: Chris Glinski, Second Assistant Chief; Kris Wirts, Second Captain; Todd Zuge, Little Suamico Fire Department Chief; Jeremy Hunt, CHS Larsen Cooperative Agronomy Sales Manager; and Mike Sievert, Sievert Dairy Farms.

Keeping our communities, customers and employees safe is a core value at CHS. Through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program, CHS is proud to support local organizations that focus on safety, agriculture industry leadership and supporting rural communities.

The Little Suamico Fire Department (LSFD) received a $2,610 grant from CHS Larsen Cooperative to purchase grain entrapment rescue equipment through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program.

“Rural communities work hard to keep people safe while building and developing tomorrow’s leaders,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative, “We are thankful for those who are dedicated to making sure our communities continue to be strong, safe places for our customers and employees to live and work together. Their great work helps build connections that empower agriculture and our communities.”

Sievert Dairy Farms, a customer of CHS Larsen Cooperative, recently invited Little Suamico Fire Department to their grain facility for grain information and rescue training. During the training they simulated an entrapment scenario. While participating in the simulated grain rescue, one of the fire fighters got stuck in corn, thigh deep, for over an hour. After training, the group reflected on the scenario which highlighted the strong need for proper grain rescue tools to truly provide both farmer/ employee and fire fighter safety. LSFD response area, including neighboring communities, has over 30 large grain storage sites and numerous other small storage units.

After extensive research LSFD determined a grain bin rescue tube, grain auger, and cordless drill would best support their rescue efforts.  LSFD operates on a fixed budget every year and largely relies on grants and donations to purchase new equipment. Sievert Dairy offered to donate $500 towards the project and this grant will cover the remaining expense.

Mike Sievert has been instrumental in organizing grain rescue training with LSFD, supplying the knowledge and practical experience to make firefighters/ first responders aware of the dangers associated with the storage units.

“We really appreciate working with Mike to allow us to do training at his grain facility and his continued support of the fire department,” says Todd Zuge, Little Suamico Fire Department Chief.

Since 2019, CHS ag retail locations across the U.S. have awarded more than $340,000 to local organizations through the Seeds for Stewardship program. The funds provided in 2020 are being used to help protect firefighters, engage students in ag leadership and education projects, sustain local 4-H and FFA groups, and build gathering places where 4-Hers and community members can meet.

CHS Larsen Cooperative delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to Wisconsin ag producers and other customers in 25 counties in Wisconsin and three in Upper Michigan. It is part of CHS Inc., (www.chsinc.com) a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

Warning signs your diesel is water-contaminated

By Chad Christiansen, Product Quality and Additives Manager in Agriculture and Farming, CHS from the Cenexperts blog

filling a tractor with diesel fuel

Farmers have enough on their plates without needing to deal with water in their diesel. Despite their best efforts, though, sometimes accidents happen. Luckily, there are ways to remove water from diesel and methods to prevent water contamination from happening again.

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Crop Report – August 11

Across the countryside the agronomy work is slowing down to a halt with the crop progressing nicely. Soybeans have set pods and are beginning to fill the lower pods, resulting in the need for a large amount of water usage on the crop. Corn has all tasseled and pollinated for the most part now, and grain fill is also beginning on most corn.  

This is a good time to walk fields to look for end of season things to change for next year. Start watching varieties on nitrogen use efficiency as the amount of soil nitrogen is depleting and the soil is getting quite dry in some areas. Also walk fields to think about the first pass next spring, the corn planter… Look at how spacing and singulation is affecting your ear set. If you are interested, have your CHS agronomist or Precision Ag Specialist walk these fields with you to explain the next steps in capturing yield potential.  

Written By Alex Yost, CHS Agronomist

CHS Larsen Co-op Harvest Safety Update

Pre Harvest Safety Update Message

July 23, 2020

As we continue to navigate through this new unprecedented environment, we have some updates on how harvest 2020 will work. Our first reminder is to please watch the signage/digital screen for your prompts of which pit you are assigned to and when to proceed. When on the scale in Center Valley you need to make sure to wait until you see a red light, then green before proceeding. The scale operator needs to change the light manually once they’ve captured your truck weight. At our Readfield location there are phones placed throughout our route that you can use to call into the office. Due to COVID-19 concerns we are asking producers to use our phone systems instead of coming into any location’s office. If you have special requests or need accommodations, please call the office and we would be happy to help you.

We are also asking that apart from unrolling and rolling your trap and opening and closing your hopper that you stay in your truck; this will help us with traffic safety concerns. You will notice all CHS employees are required to wear Hi-Vis clothing to eliminate any accidents.

In Readfield, once you arrive at your pit assignment you will notice two changes this year:

  • We have implemented a stop light system for our North and South Pits. They will be labeled letting you know two things:
    • Your last reminder of what crop is being dumped wet or dry.
    • As well as when to dump. When the light is green, dump; when the light is red, wait. 
  • The second thing you’ll notice is that CHS will not have a pit attendant this year. Due to ergonomic safety reasons CHS employees will NO longer be present at the pit to crank hopper doors. The producer/truck driver will be responsible to open their own hopper doors at all CHS locations.

CHS employees are also not allowed to climb on trailers or enter through the hopper doors as these are considered confined spaces. This also means we are asking truck drivers to refrain from climbing on or in trailers on CHS property. So please take this time before harvest begins to do a thorough check on all your equipment to make sure it is working properly. (Again, if you do need special assistance please call the office before coming so we can prepare for additional help).

Finally, our last update is when you are scaling out, the truck driver will get one ticket printed either at the scale in Readfield or at the office door at all other locations. This will be the only ticket the farm gets as we will no longer mail duplicate tickets. So please, take a minute to make sure you have all the correct information on your ticket before leaving. If you need assistance, please pick up the phone at the outbound scale at Readfield and call or call from your truck at all other locations.

This is a great time to remind you that if you have not yet signed up for both direct deposit payments and MyCHS Customer Resource, you can do this for FREE on our website. MyCHS offers account details related to your business with CHS Larsen Cooperative. A single sign-on lets you see your CHS activity in one place: grain, agronomy, energy and feed. Find contracts, bookings, settlements, prepays, invoices and more. This is a mobile friendly and easily accessible tool for your convenience.  As of August 1st, we will not be sending grain settlements or scale tickets in the mail. You will be able to view your essential grain accounting information on MyCHS.

If you have any questions, please call Readfield 920-667-4955 or Center Valley 920-734-1409.

Sincerely,

CHS Larsen Cooperative Grain Department

12 Propane Grilling Safety Tips

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.

Filling your cylinders

Whether you’re heading to your cabin or campsite this weekend, or just staying home and firing up the grill? We’ve got Propane fill stations all over Northeast, WI. Follow the link to a map of all our LP Fill stations: https://bit.ly/lpdispenser

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 the CHS Larsen Co-op Propane site.

By: SCOTT PEARSON Director of Risk & Asset Development, CHS Propane in PROPANE

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