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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CHS Larsen Delivers $5,000 Grant to Iola Car Show

Joe Opperman, executive director of Iola Car Show Inc. and Pat Brosseau, energy department manager of CHS Larsen

Historic nonprofit event—a source of Wisconsin pride—to use grant to improve event grounds

The Iola Car Show, an annual nonprofit event for auto enthusiasts, was honored as a source of pride to the community by CHS Larsen and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS. As part of this award, the Iola Car Show received a $5,000 grant to further develop its event grounds for future celebrations.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the car show was replaced with the first-ever Rally for Iola that occurred on July 11. Rally for Iola was designed to bring the community together in uncertain times. It featured a car parade through the show grounds followed by a scenic 60-mile road cruise through Waupaca County. Shortly before the event, the $5,000 grant was present to Joe Opperman, executive director of Iola Car Show Inc. by Pat Brosseau, energy department manager of CHS Larsen. The grant money will be used for new siding on the event’s Toy Barn, a signature landmark of the show.

“We were thrilled to be the recipient of the Hometown Pride Grant,” said Joe Opperman, “this money is being used to maintain a key feature of the show for attendees to enjoy for years to come.”

Set to resume the annual celebration in 2021, the Iola Car Show is the largest car show and swap meet in the country. The event attracts more than 115,000 car enthusiasts each year and raises money to support its community. Since 1984, the nonprofit event has given back more than $8.4 million to more than 130 different local organizations and projects, including youth sports teams, Boys and Girls Clubs and conservation organizations.

“The Iola Car Show has been a monumental event to our community for close to 50 years,” said Brosseau. “Although we’ll miss it this year, we’re proud to support the continuation of such a unique event for years to come.”

The grant was provided through an initiative that encourages Cenex dealers, retailers and distributors to share stories about what makes their local communities special. In its second year, the initiative will grant more than $100,000 to Cenex communities this year.

“The Cenex brand is committed to supporting and celebrating what makes hometowns across America special,” said Mark Vanderlinde, communications manager at CHS. “We are proud of our Cenex dealers, like CHS Larsen, who play an active role in enriching their community’s culture, no matter the circumstances.”

About Cenex

Cenex, the energy brand of CHS, provides high-quality refined fuels through nearly 1,500 locally-owned convenience store locations across 19 states. Consumers depend on Cenex fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products to power homes, businesses and communities. CHS, Inc.(www.chsinc.com), which owns the Cenex brand, is a leading global agribusiness owned by American farmers across the United States with domestic and international operations including energy, agronomy, grain trading and food processing.

Grain Outlook Broadcast

In light of current conditions with COVID-19 and the inability to have in-person meetings they way we’d like, CHS wants to bring market information to you in a different way. At 10am CST on Tuesday, July 14, Chris Stringer (Corn) and Justin Friesz (Soybeans) will be sharing their perspective on the current markets, the July report, and more.

These sessions will be held on Skype Broadcast. Skype is a web-based meeting so it’s very user friendly for you to join in using your computer, tablet, or phone.

Please note that there is a login step for webinar participants, so please login before the webinar begins.

Corn and Beans (10 a.m. Central) : Please click here to enter your name and location information shortly before the webinar starts.

The links will become active 15 minutes prior to the start. To allow time for the registration process, we ask that you plan to register at least five minutes before the webinars start. 

Corn and Beans link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=CwkDC_p_q0WkazhxMOwGM_204K0uvaFFljRsmDzR_fNUMDZNWkIzRUw3T01WQk1TQ0NBWks4SUg5WS4u

We hope you can join us for this Grain Outlook Forecast and reach out to any of the CHS Grain Procurement team with any questions.

CHS Larsen supports local food shelves, community organizations through annual CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign

Mark Wesenberg accepting the donation on behalf of the Winneconne Area Assistance Center

As local food shelves and pantries see increased demand, CHS is distributing more than $400,000 and 30,858 pounds to those local and regional organizations as part of the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.

Employees of CHS Larsen Cooperative worked with farmers, community organizations, schools and other CHS locations across the United States to gather the funds and food donations during the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger drive March 1-20.

Even though community fundraising events were cancelled mid-campaign due to COVID-19 precautions, the strength of the cooperative spirit was evident as employees and community members adapted and improvised to finish the campaign and gather donations. CHS Larsen employees were able to quickly pick-up any donations from the four schools that participated in this year’s competition: Freedom, New London, Weyauwega-Fremont and Winneconne.

Similar to last year’s program these four schools were in competition to collect the most pounds of food. This year New London High School won, raising over 1,000 pounds of food. They will be rewarded with a local grant of $500 for their efforts.

Locally, CHS Larsen distributed $1,800.32 and 2,267 pounds of food to local food pantries. The pantries receiving these donations are as follows: New London Community Cupboard, Weymont Food Pantry, Winneconne Area Assistance Center, and Freedom Food Pantry Inc.  

“Now, more than ever, our local food shelves and food pantries are doing essential work, feeding those in our communities who are struggling,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative. “I am proud to see how the cooperative system came together to support this campaign, even as we faced unexpected challenges to our usual fundraising efforts. Our farmers are feeding the world, and that effort includes feeding those in need in our own communities. I encourage others to consider giving to their local food shelves and pantries as well. Their services are vital to the strength of our rural communities.”

Since 2011, CHS Country Operations, a division of CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, has organized the campaign to gather money and food for local and regional food shelves across the country. With this year’s total, the cooperative has now raised more than $6 million and 4.5 million pounds of food in the 10 years since the campaign was first launched.

Crop Report – June 17

Alex Yost running our 360 SOIL SCAN doing a nitrate test in the field.

This week has shifted into sidedress season at the coop, with the warm weather of last weekend and the cool down mid-week the corn has begun to add some height and growth stages. The majority of the corn in the area is beginning to regain some green color, but after taking some early season nitrate tests we are seeing that it may be short lived for some fields. This year, the fields that are showing signs of nitrogen deficiency already, which means they may have lost the majority of their nitrogen from the wet weather events. A nice cheap and easy tool for checking the nitrate levels of your fields is through our 360 SOIL SCAN, we can pull soil nitrate tests and have same day results for your fields to get an accurate gauge of what is left, and what you may still need to put down. If you are seeing other signs of deficiency in your fields, our plant tissue tests may be a beneficial tool. Talk to your agronomist or YieldPoint specialist to schedule these.  

The soybeans across the area have begun to add many new leaves and some height, the wetter fields are still stressed from the prior rains though. This stretch of dry weather is helping those areas catch up to the rest. Water hemp is beginning to poke through on some pre emerge sprayed fields this week, so keep an eye on the fields with past history of issues. Remember catching the water hemp plants young is the easiest way to rid your fields of the issues they may cause if they get big. If you are seeing dark brown spots on the soybean leaves on the bottom of the plant, this is a common disease after heavy rainfall events from splashing dirt. Septoria Leaf Spot, or Brown Spot of Soybean is the name of this disease and yield limitations are minimal as long as it stays in the lower canopy.  

The alfalfa has been progressing nicely with the timely rains and heat of this early summer and is keeping ahead of the insects for the most part. This being said, watch late cut fields and new seedings this week, as most damaging insects will flock to these fields once the early cut plants add too much height. Also watch fields that may be excessively dry or stunted. After the next cutting, we will need to intensively watch fields for leafhoppers, because the warm weather and southern winds have brought a good population of them north already.  

Written by Alex Yost, YieldPoint Program Specialist

Celebrating Dairy, While Supporting Local!

This year for June Dairy Month CHS Larsen Cooperative wanted to make a local impact in supporting both dairy farmers, cheese processing plants and local food pantries to celebrate June Dairy Month.

CHS Larsen decided to pick local processing and retail dairy locations to purchase the donated goods from places where they knew customers ship their milk. They choose Weyauwega Star Dairy, Union Star Cheese Factory, Dupont Cheese Inc, and Simon’s Specialty Cheese. The different products they purchased included butter, colby cheese, and mild cheddar cheese.

Then CHS made connections with seven local food pantries in their territory, Weymont Food Pantry (Phyliss Koch), Winneconne Area Assistance Center (Mark Wesenberg), Clintonville Food Pantry (Mary Dobbe), New London Community Cupboard (Rita Thiel and Mike Campbell), Freedom Food Pantry (Patty Banks), Community 2000 -Seymour (Chantal Willman and Emily Abrahamson), and Manawa Food Pantry (Barb Baumgartner). All parties were very excited to receive these June Dairy month goodies.

In total CHS Larsen donated over 222 pounds of cheese and 75 pounds of butter, investing $1,000 in dairy products back into the communities we serve.

Happy June Dairy Month!

Freeing phosphorus: New ways to add crop nutrient availability

An innovative option makes broadcast crop nutrient applications more available.

Farmers wouldn’t be satisfied with just 20 percent weed control from a herbicide application, but that’s typically the best nutrient availability they can expect from dry phosphate fertilizer applications.

“Under the best soil conditions, only one-fifth of applied phosphorus may be available to the crop throughout the season,” says Steve Carlsen, Levesol and crop enhancement manager, CHS Agronomy. “Availability is even less when soil pH levels are too high or too low or in soils that contain too little organic matter.”


Spring Update from General Manager

I would like to thank all of our customers for your business.  Spring has definitely been busy.  The planting season was good this year by giving most of you about a 3 week window to get the majority of your crops planted.  That also meant our agronomy personnel put in some long hours.  Thank you for your patience as we worked to take care of everyone’s needs in such a short time frame.  Even though we prepare throughout the winter for spring season by doing maintenance and repairs on equipment, inevitably something will break down.  We had a few of those which caused some delays to get things operational again, but the employees stepped up to the task. 

Because of the compressed planting season we are also anticipating a compressed window for side-dressing applications, and have lined up extra equipment to help with that demand.  Our agronomy staff wants to give you the best possible service.  Any advanced notice you can provide will help them make sure you get your product when you need it.  We will again be working long hours to take care of you.

All other departments have been busy as well.  Along with spring planting comes increased diesel fuel demand.  Sometimes those drivers get forgotten, but the crops can not get planted without diesel fuel to run the tractors.  With the recent drop in prices, it may be a good time to look at contracting diesel for your future needs. 

Even though summer is just starting, we encourage you to plan for next winter’s heating needs.  Our propane contracts will be coming out in a few weeks.  We will have several contracting and budgeting options for you to choose from.  We should have a program that fits your needs.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at (800) 924-6677 and one of our Certified Energy Specialists will get back to you.

June is Dairy Month.  Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19, but our dairy farmers have been especially hit hard.  Let’s all remember to drink an extra glass of milk or enjoy some extra cheese to support Wisconsin’s dairy farmers.

We have all been impacted by COVID-19.  At CHS Larsen Co-op we are taking extra steps to protect our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve.  We have put in place extra cleaning procedures, changed access to some areas of the cooperative, and tried to reduce touchpoints as much as possible while continuing to give good customer service.  Thank you for working with us as we navigate through this time.  With all of us doing our part, we can help protect each other.

David Neal

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