Crop Progress Report – June 1st

This being the first week of June, the majority of our trade area crops were planted in a 30-day window this year. Many growers have seen this as promising to the 2020 cropping season, planting acres that haven’t been touched for many years. Even now with the heavy rains of last week and a wet start to this week, we are seeing a lot of crops progressing in the countryside.

Crop scouting has begun here at CHS across our territory, something I rarely ever see, as some of our trade areas are usually behind or ahead of the rest. Across our territory I am seeing much of the same issues arise this year. Nutrient deficiencies in corn and soybean are starting to pop up due to the extremes in soil moisture and temperature. If your fields are showing signs of a nutrient deficiency or you suspect a deficiency is occurring, contact your agronomist to help get your fields back in check with a crop tissue test or a soil nitrate test. These cost-effective tools can help diagnose specifics in your field, to help pinpoint and capture yield limiting issues while the corn is still manageable. Using our scouting tool Agellum™ on farm can then help organize record keeping of other issues that may have been found in taking the tissue sample, and to geo-reference our sampling to attain a more realistic picture of the field.

Crop nutrient stress and pre-emerge herbicide efficacy has been the story for much of our area this spring. Starting out with the lack of moisture and then a switch to excessive moisture you should watch fields for weed escapes. You may want to get a game plan together for a second pass approach to manage these weeds before they too become yield limiting. Also, if you have some prevent plant ground from last year, watch these areas more in depth, as the general seed bank has changed in these fields with the change in cropping.

Overall, the last note is on insect presence, up until late last week the presence of insects has been minimal with the cool weather. But with the warm weather last week we are beginning to see enough heat units ramp up to provide issues in late planted corn. We should start seeing populations on the rise into second crop hay. So, keep an eye out on those fields that may have had a history of insect presence in the past and watch any early cut hay that could begin regrowth before other stands.

Written by Alex Yost, YieldPoint Program Specialist

Tough Weeds Got You Down?

As we transition from pre emerge spraying to post applied there’s a new adjuvant to consider.  CHS Inc. offers a high-efficacy adjuvant, CHS Level Best™, a surfactant and deposition aid, which works to improve herbicide performance by maximizing uniform coverage, increasing wetting and providing strength to penetrate through waxy or weather-hardened cuticles. CHS Level Best works by spreading droplets, keeping droplets wetter longer, as well as helping penetrate leaf cuticles allowing for more overall herbicide uptake. By including an adjuvant with your herbicide, you are giving it the best opportunity to be successful in eliminating tougher weeds.

CHS Level Best can be used with a wide variety of herbicides and other adjuvants. It is designed to significantly increase performance over the standard adjuvant program and is compatible with a broad range of conventional and traited crops as well as non-crop situations. Give it a try today and see the results for yourself. Contact your agronomist for more details.

Written by: Jeremy Hunt, Agronomy Sales Manager

Plan Ahead to Purchase Cenex® Grease this Summer for Gift Cards

Starting June 15 through August 14, 2020, end-users can earn VISA® gift cards on qualifying Cenex® grease products. End-users will receive a $15 gift card for every qualifying 4-10 pack or 35-pound pail purchased during the qualifying time frame.

Customers may also receive a $50 VISA gift card for every qualifying 120-pound keg purchased during the promotional window. Qualifying grease products include:

  • HD Moly Xtreme
  • Poly-Xtreme®
  • Maxtron® EP
  • Blue Gard 500+™
  • Molyplex 500+
  • Maxtron® FS
  • Red Protect XT™
  • ML 365®
  • Fluid Gear Grease
How it works:
  1. Provide a copy of the redemption form to the end-user to submit their claim. You can get these forms from your Certified Energy Specialist
  2. End-user completes the Summer Grease for Gift Cards redemption form, attaches required receipts, and mails it to CHS post-marked no later than September 16, 2019.

Questions? Contact your CHS Larsen Co-op representative.

Frosted Alfalfa?

Jared Goplen, Extension educator, Crops

The recent cold weather has caused stress for many emerged crops in Minnesota, including forages. The warm weather earlier this spring allowed many alfalfa stands to produce significant spring growth, with stands in some areas approaching one foot, or more, in height. Some alfalfa fields have experienced frost damage with the recent sub-freezing temperatures, with the greatest potential for frost injury occurring this morning (5/12)
(Figure 1).

Alfalfa is relatively tolerant of cold temperatures, especially smaller plants. Most stands should recover just fine with no more than a few frosted leaves (Figure 2).

This article includes several important points on managing frosted alfalfa stands.

Air temperature doesn’t mean alfalfa temperature

Frost injury to alfalfa can be difficult to predict, as microclimates around or within fields of alfalfa can have large influences on the actual temperature of alfalfa plants. Air temperature readings are often reported from several feet above the soil surface. Actual temperatures within the forage canopy can differ from air temperature depending on the density of the forage, wind speed, soil moisture, and soil temperature. Individual plants can also differ in freezing tolerance depending on the variety and stage of development.

Alfalfa is relatively cold tolerant

Alfalfa can generally withstand temperatures down to 24F for several hours without damaging more than the leaves in the mid- to upper-canopy. Temperatures from 25F to 30F may freeze leaves, but will likely not kill the apical meristem (bud) at the top of the plant. The meristem has added protection from the developing leaves surrounding the meristem
that provide additional insulation. When temperatures warm up, the surviving meristems should continue normal growth. Newly-seeded alfalfa has excellent cold tolerance, especially before emergence of the second trifoliate. Cold tolerance diminishes some with older seedlings, but newly seeded stands should survive as long as temperatures do not go
below 26F for more than four hours.

Patience is key to managing frosted alfalfa

Waiting several days is the first step in managing frost-damaged alfalfa. Leaf injury will likely be obvious as soon as temperatures warm up, as affected leaves will begin to wilt and change color. If stems have been damaged, they will also wilt. Stems can appear wilted but straighten up again after several days, which is why it is important to be patient in evaluating the full extent of damage. If stems straighten up again, or if stems were not affected, normal growth should resume with little to no yield penalty.

  • If only the uppermost leaves show frost symptoms, such as black or brown tissue throughout leaves or on leaf margins, the stand will continue to grow fine with minimal, if any, first cutting yield loss.
  • If the entire upper canopy turns black, brown, or necrotic, this means the meristematic tissue (bud) was killed by frost and will not continue growth. Unfrosted axillary stems will continue growing from lower on the stem and from crown buds. This growth will take slightly longer to develop, and may delay first cutting.
    • If there is enough biomass to warrant harvest (>15-20 inches tall), the frosted alfalfa could be harvested to capture frosted leaves and stems that will soon fall off.
    • If there is not enough biomass to warrant harvest (<15-20 inches tall), allow the axillary and crown buds to continue growth until the stage of normal firstcutting. Yield will likely be somewhat reduced and harvest will likely be delayed.
  • If new seedings turn brown, black, or necrotic, the plants will not regrow and will need to be reseeded. If some areas of the field survived while others died, reseed only areas that were injured or killed.

Reviewed by Krishona Martinson

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CHS Larsen Cooperative Awards 16 Scholarships

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to award $16,000 in scholarships to local high school and post-high school students. For the past 20 years, this scholarship program has helped more than 295 students. CHS Larsen Cooperative is dedicated to ensuring a strong future for agriculture and this program is a way to give back and strengthen communities in the more than 25 counties in Wisconsin where CHS Larsen Cooperative’s farmer-owners and customers live.  

CHS Larsen Cooperative offered this scholarship to the children and grandchildren of CHS Larsen Cooperatives’ owners and customers. To be eligible, students must be graduating high school and/or currently enrolled in post-high school education. The 16 students receiving 2020 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each are:

Kaitlyn Biese from Wrightstown High School, parents Marvin and Patty Biese; Katie Beck from Weyauwega-Fremont HS, parents Scott and Nancy Bleck; Josh Brazee from Neenah HS, parent Steve Brazee; Taylor Dillenburg from Shawano Community HS, parents Steve and Lori Dillenburg; Brianna Domke from Oshkosh West HS now attending UW River Falls, parent Amy Domke; Peter Gorman from New London HS, parents Tom and Marie Gorman; Hailey Hanson from Wild Rose HS, parents Jon and Erika Hanson; Seth Keller from Clintonville HS, parent Paul Keller; Holly Lashua from Iola-Scandinavia HS, parents Dean Lashua; Lane Nett from Weyauwega-Fremont HS, parent Josh and Terri Nett; Breanna Pamer from Winneconne HS, parents Mike and Jane Pamer; Sawyer Potratz from Omro HS, parent Richard Portratz; Nicholas Sievert from Pulaski HS, parents Rodney and Ann Sievert; Mason Soerens from Weyauwega-Fremont HS, parent Marc Soerens; Ben Steinbach from New London HS, parents Karen and Curt Steinbach; Alex Wepner from Manawa Little Wolf Jr/Sr HS, parents Jeff Wepner.

“One of the cooperative principles is concern for communities and this is another way we live out this principle,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen. “CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support our local youth. It pays to invest in our local future industry leaders. I would like to congratulate all the scholarship recipients and wish them the best of luck as they further their education.”

The scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, leadership characteristics, community involvement, CHS customer activity and the student’s vision of the future of agriculture. As CHS plans to continue offering this scholarship into the future, find the criteria and 2021 application on The next deadline for the CHS Larsen Cooperative scholarship is March 15, 2021. Visit the website to apply for next year or call 1-800-924-6677.

CHS reports $125.4 million in second quarter net income

Sunset over a farm

April 8, 2020

Dear Owners:

We are pleased to share our second quarter results for fiscal year 2020. We reported net income of $125.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended Feb. 29, 2020. This compares to net income of $248.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

The company reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 compared to revenues of $6.5 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. In the first six months of fiscal year 2020, CHS reported net income of $303.3 million compared to net income of $596.3 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2019.


Cenex® Premium Diesel Additives: Injection Stabilizer and Demulsifiers

Cenex® Premium Diesel has a more complete additive package for a more complete burn. Every gallon contains a tailored blend of seven additives that are terminally injected to ensure the highest standards of quality and performance.  

As part of the Cenex Premium Diesel education series that kicked off in September, we will review each of the seven terminally blended additives that are found in Cenex premium diesel fuels, starting with the injection stabilizer and the demulsifer.

Injection Stabilizer

The injection stabilizer addresses fuel oxidation problems that can cause gum formation. When gummed fuel passes through the fuel system, it clogs fuel injectors and filters which leads to unnecessary downtime. Cenex Premium Diesel contains injection stabilizers that prevents the formation that builds deep inside high-precision injectors and keeps the fuel from coking. 


One of the most problematic sources of mechanical and filter failure is water, it is critical to separate and remove water from the fuel system. Cenex Premium Diesel contains demulsifiers that force water to the bottom of the fuel tank for easy removal. Both new and old equipment contain a water release valve that is intended to remove water from fuel storage tanks. Engine manufactures recommend this to reduce and eliminate moisture-contaminates in fuel from passing through the combustion chamber.

Competing products may claim that emulsifiers are better at controlling moisture than demulsifiers. Emulsifiers just “break-up” the water to pass through the fuel system instead of forcing it to the bottom for removal. Modern diesel engines that utilize high-pressure common rail technology have enormous amounts heat and pressure that build up and heat these suspended water particles. Forcing heated water into a fuel system, that can generate over 35,000 psi, causes damage to engine components – which we know leads to unexpected downtime and expensive repairs.

Cenex premium diesel fuel provides a more complete burn to keep fuel and exhaust systems clean, increasing power and efficiency with less repairs or down time. Learn more about the complete additive package and stay tuned for our May article when we dive into Detergents and Lubricity Improvers.

If you would like to learn more about these additives and how Cenex Roadmaster XL® or Cenex® Ruby Fieldmaster® can benefit you, contact your local Cenex representative with any questions.

CHS Larsen Cooperative Announces New Agronomy Location

CHS Larsen Cooperative is excited to announce its latest acquisition of the former Pinnacle Ag/ADM facility on Stockton Road just east of Stevens Point. In addition to dry fertilizer products, the cooperative plans on marketing liquid fertilizer, crop protection products and seed to growers in the area.  

“This facility fits well into our long-range growth plan to serve the area with our full line of agronomy products,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen. 

In addition to the agronomy staples of fertilizer, crop protection products and seed, the cooperative also features a full line of precision ag products and services as well as grower input financing. In past years, CHS has only been able to offer feed, grain and energy products in the area. The addition of the Stockton facility will tie all the pieces together, allowing CHS to offer its complete line of products and services to area growers.

“As a cooperative, we are always looking for ways to help our owners grow and provide better service to them,” says Neal. “In order to do this, we’ve decided we need to expand our service area and facilities as well. By adding the Stockton facility to our existing agronomy outlets, we will be able enhance our distribution options during the fast-paced planting season when secure supply and logistics are critical to all growers. The physical location of the plant along the I-39 and Highway 10 corridor gives us excellent, efficient logistical options to both the central and northeastern Wisconsin markets that we now serve.”

The CHS Stockton facility is well situated to earn local growers’ business by offering traditional and proprietary products that will enhance yield through personalized local service which every grower expects and deserves.  

CHS Larsen Cooperative delivers agronomy, grain, energy 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., ( 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.

Update on COVID-19 from Jay Debertin, CHS

As our essential businesses work to meet spring season demands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to focus on the health and safety of every person and community connected to CHS and the cooperative system.

We want you to know that CHS remains fully operational and committed to providing the essential products and services you need. Our supply chain is prepared and moving into action as spring fieldwork begins. Grain is moving and the spring shipping season has begun. We are grateful for those positive signs.

Thank you for your business. Please let us know how we can help you navigate through the days and weeks ahead.

Message to customers and owners from CHS President & CEO Jay Debertin

Sincerely,  Jay D. Debertin President and CEO

A message about COVID-19

March 24, 2020 –

Safer-at-Home order update from CHS in response to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Please read CHS update from our leadership team: click here

March 24, 2020

Center Valley Office

We are asking customers to do as much communication with CHS Larsen by phone as possible. Our Center Valley location has placed a table outside with a sign to state we are closed to walk ins. If you need to make a payment please call. We are doing our best to limit contact as much as possible. This table is also be using for scale tickets for drivers so they do not need to enter the office. Thank you for your understanding!

March 23, 2020

Weyauwega Feed Mill Office

The feed mill in Weyauwega will continue to operate in mixing and delivering feed. However, due to COVID-19 and keeping our employees safe we will be closing the office to walk-in traffic. We will still be taking orders over the phone for delivery – 920-867-8700.

Pick-up Seed Early

We’ve been receiving many calls asking about having access to the products they’ve ordered. We are encouraging customers to call 920-982-1111 and schedule an earlier pick-up time if they are able to take seed now. When you come to the New London warehouse we are asking customers to stay in their vehicles and call the warehouse cell phone 920-538-2559 to let us know you’re in the parking lot. We will then bring your seed out to you. Read More

March 18, 2020 – Update from General Manager, David Neal

Spring planting season is always a busy time at CHS Larsen Co-op.  This year we are dealing with the extra challenge of the spread of COVID-19.  Safety is a core value for us and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, owners and the communities in which we live and work. because of this, we have taken extra steps to help protect our customers and our employees.  I want to emphasize; we are still open for business.  We have just adjusted how we do things.

We will continue to take care of our customers at our locations to provide the highest possible level of service, but you will notice reduced staffing at some locations. Where possible, we have employees working remotely to help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

We have new guidelines for visitors at our locations.  If we can assist you over the phone, email or through the mail, please let us do that. 

For example:

  • If you need a grain check, please call and we will promptly mail it to you. 
  • If you need to place an order, we can do that over the phone as well. 
  • When vendors arrive at our facilities, we are asking them to stay in their vehicles. 

Our drivers are also taking extra precautions.  Because a driver may be at multiple places during the day, we have asked them to minimize the contact they have with people during their deliveries.

We will continue to offer a high level of service to all of our customers, but that will look a little different going forward. We are committed to working through it with effective planning, communication and execution. We will continue to adjust as circumstances change so please check our website for all the latest updates.

Thank you for your understanding and your business,

David Neal

March 16, 2020

With the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 evolving rapidly, we want to reassure you that CHS is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our employees, our owners and customers, and the communities we serve.

We are developing plans with the goal of continuing to provide the highest possible level of service to our customers and owners. Specific measures include:

  • Close coordination and collaboration to ensure safety and wellbeing of employees, customers and communities
  • Cancelation of annual meetings and other meetings of large groups and limiting visits to CHS facilities
  • Additional use of voice, video and other technology to serve you, our customers and coordinate farm visits
  • Activating plans to flex employees between locations or business units to better serve you
  • New process and rigor for interactions with vendors, suppliers, contractors or other third parties to promote health and safety
  • Fully utilizing our powerful and flexible supply chain and asset base should it become necessary to deliver to or from alternate locations

As the busy spring season unfolds, we will continue to adjust as circumstances change. We don’t take this challenge lightly, but we’re committed to working through it with effective planning, communication and execution. With our talented and committed team, best-in-class assets and our values of safety and cooperative spirit, we are confident CHS will continue to deliver products and services for customers and value for owners.

© 2020 CHS Inc.

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