Posts By: Anne Moore

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. 

Demulsifiers

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., (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.

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

CHS Larsen Co-op and Country Visions collaborate to offer precision planting products

CHS Larsen Cooperative and Country Visions Cooperative (CVC) have come to an agreement to join forces in offering precision planting products to their customers.  Country Visions will utilize CHS Larsen’s YieldPoint® team to support the customers of Country Visions who currently purchase precision planting products.

CHS Larsen’s Cody Miller will lead the Precision Planting team, with the support of Ryan Jones and Richard Block from CHS Larsen. Chad Rataicheck from Country Visions’ Chilton location will continue as the lead technician and salesperson for that cooperative.  In addition, Country Visions has technicians Tyler Vogeler at Plymouth and Karl Peschke in Ripon, along with Shawn Wesener in Chilton, to service planters as part of the Precision Planting team.

“With all the advancements in technology, the ability to be everything for everybody is becoming increasingly difficult.  The combination of equipment knowledge, along with technology, takes a team approach,” according to Brian Madigan, CVC Agronomy Sales Manager.  “Rather than duplicate the effort, we felt this was the best way to utilize existing employee assets.”

Parts billing will come from the customer’s business of choice, allowing current customers to continue those trusted relationships with their cooperatives. The most notable change will be the expanded team available to assist on sales calls and offer technical support.

Customers will continue to see advanced services from both the CHS facility in Larsen and its mobile trailer. This agreement will benefit customers by creating a larger footprint for precision planting in northeast Wisconsin, which will provide greater purchasing power for all customers.

“I feel the added value for patrons from both cooperatives with the precision planting product line will align with CHS values of providing services and products that will increase return on investment for patrons’ acres. We will be able to add value to each grower’s operation from CHS as well as Country Visions with this agreement,” says Cody Miller, CHS YieldPoint® Coordinator.

This agreement between CHS Larsen Cooperative and Country Visions Cooperative will support the technology investments of their customers through precision planting products. Other agronomy products and services will continue to be provided by the individual cooperatives and their ag centers. 

CHS Larsen Cooperative 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.

Schedule Your Seed Pick-Up

CHS Larsen Cooperative is continuing to adapt as the impact from COVID-19 evolves. As an agricultural cooperative we will continue to do what we can to support our farmer-owners. We’ve been receiving many calls asking about having access to the products they’ve ordered.

We do have our seed pick-up days scheduled for April 8 and 9; however, 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.

If you will not be picking up your order, please call and arrange a delivery time at NO CHARGE if delivered before May 1.  Each order delivered after May 1 will be considered “In-Season” and will be charged the normal delivery charge of $60.00.

The New London warehouse is working diligently to ensure your products will be ready for plant 2020. We truly want to thank you for supporting and placing your trust in CHS Larsen Cooperative’s Agronomy Department as we navigate through this challenging time. Please watch the CHS Larsen Cooperative website for further updates.

Seed Pick-up Days 2020

The impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 is evolving rapidly. We want to reassure you that the entire CHS team is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our employees, our owners and customers, and the communities we serve. That being said, the flow of our Seed Pick-Up Days will be different this year.

We have scheduled pick days for Wednesday, April 8th and Thursday, April 9th.  Pick-up times will be from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the New London Main office warehouse. If these two days do not work for you, please call and schedule another time. We are asking farmers to stay in their vehicles in the parking lot. We will have an employee come to your vehicle to get the process started.

Please call us at 920-982-1111 ASAP to let us know if you will be picking up your seed order, this will allow us to have your seed order sorted and ready for you.  If you will not be picking up your order, please call and arrange a delivery time at NO CHARGE if delivered before May 1st.  Each order delivered after May 1st will be considered “In-Season” and will be charged the normal delivery charge of $60.00.

We truly want to “Thank you” for supporting and placing your trust in CHS Larsen Cooperative’s Agronomy Department as we navigate through this challenging time. Please watch the CHS Larsen Cooperative website for further updates.

Thank you,

CHS Larsen Cooperative Agronomy Sales Team

Join CHS Larsen Cooperative to help fight hunger through CHS Harvest for Hunger

CHS Larsen Cooperative is gathering donations of money and food to help fight hunger. As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, CHS Larsen Cooperative will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega, Larsen, and Oconto Falls; they will then deliver all collections to the local food pantries.

“Hunger is a reality for more than 40 million people in America, including 13.1 million children. Every dollar we raise through CHS Harvest for Hunger can purchase six pounds of food through our food banks,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative. “That’s making a real difference for those in need.”

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates. In 2019, CHS Larsen Cooperative raised $4,946 and over 3000 pounds of food This all stayed in the communities in which they reside.

“Our local communities also win when CHS Country Operations makes a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. Fighting hunger in our communities’ ties directly to what farmers and ranchers do every day, raising crops and livestock to feed the world,” adds Neal.

Donations can be made at CHS Larsen Cooperative’s locations in New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega, Larsen and Oconto Falls. If you would like to donate to this cause but are unable to drop it off at one of our locations, please contact Anne Moore at our main office 920-982-1111 and she will send someone out to pick up the donation. Or you may mail a check to CHS Larsen Cooperative Attn: Harvest for Hunger P.O. Box 308 New London WI, 54961 or call 920-982-1111 for more information on how you can help.

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Five winter propane safety tips

Good tips to keep in mind throughout this winter season.

1. Clearly mark propane tanks

When a winter storm hits, finding a propane tank under feet of snow can be a difficult job. To make tanks easier to spot, customers should mark the location of their tanks with flags, poles or stakes. When selecting a marker, they should make sure to choose something that’s taller than the average snowfall in their area.

2. Remove snow and ice from propane tanks

In the event that a propane tank becomes covered in snow, it should get cleared it off using a broom — not a shovel — to prevent damage to system components. Regulators, regular vents, piping, tubing and valves should all be kept exposed. For easy access to tanks, customers should always maintain a clear and plowed pathway to them.

3. Notify snowplow contractors of propane tanks

After a heavy snowfall, it’s possible for a snowdrift to completely hide a propane tank. Customers who utilize snowplow contractors should make sure the operator knows the locations of all propane tanks on the property. If a snowplow were to come into contact with a propane tank, it could become a potentially serious safety hazard.

4. Consider a propane-powered generator

When a storm knocks out the power, it can sometimes take days for rural roads to be accessible to repair crews. A propane-powered backup generator can provide customers with peace of mind that they won’t be stuck without power in the event of a blackout. Remember, even if a generator is portable, these should never be used indoors or in an enclosed space.

5. Maintain an adequate propane supply

Even after a winter storm is over, roads can still be inaccessible by delivery trucks for days. To sustain any periods of interrupted deliveries, it’s important for customers not to let their propane tanks get too low. Suppliers who offer automatic deliveries can suggest this solution to help their customers ensure their tanks are topped off adequately.

Safety tips adapted from online LPGas article “Building Customer Trust Starts with Safety”

Covering Your Energy Needs for 2020

To contract or not to contract, that is the question…or is the real question: when to contract? or at what price to contract??? 

These things can lead to a lot of stress, not only for the consumer, but for the energy consultant too!  Over the years I have developed a strategy that helps answer some of these questions and alleviate the stress associated with planning out your annual energy budget.  Let’s look at some of the tools that have helped me assist my customers with making educated decisions.

Recently, I spoke with a customer who has contracted for almost two decades. Though he feels contracting is usually a good option, he still remembers the time about 6/7 years ago when he locked in and the market tanked.  His contract ended up being higher priced than the local market.  This made him feel like he “lost”. I reminded him that other years his contract price was lower than the local market, so I guess you could say that he “won” during those years?  I am not a huge fan of the “winning/losing” outlook.  Customers will actually benefit more from a contract if they use it to set their budget for the year.  When contracting time comes around and someone is ready to lock in their pricing for the year, I ask them a few questions:

  • Is this a price you feel comfortable locking in? 
  • Will this price work with your annual budget?  If not, what price will?
  • Do you have a target we should be looking at?

When is a good time to contract? Again, I look at historical pricing.  Fuel pricing futures tend to be at a lower level Dec-Feb.  Though, this may not always be the “winner”, it is a great tool to utilize when making buying decisions.  FYI: the best contract price offered last year was 12/29/19, but not this year, futures pricing saw a steady to stronger outlook though the first of the year. They remained strong up until the past few weeks. With talks of a less volatile year, fears of travel bans due to the Coronavirus (China) and possibly, just an all over relief that 2019 harvest is over, we are finally seeing crude oil looking for a reason to finally drop below that $55/barrel marker.  So, this is not perfect, but it gives us a darn good idea of when; not to lock in futures pricing.

My suggestion is to talk to your local energy consultant and clearly explain your needs for the upcoming year.  Together, you can come up with a plan for your spring/fall 2020 fuel needs.  Again, I want to stress that locking in your fuel supply is not about winning or losing, but focusing on setting a budget for the upcoming season. 

My final advice that I give to all of my customers is DON’T LOOK BACK!  What I mean by that is; after you decide to lock in your fuel price at a value that works for you and your business, don’t drive yourself crazy by watching the market and constantly second guessing yourself and the decision you made.  Please feel confident that you made a good decision and though pricing may or may not drop lower, you are going to be OK and a few extra pennies per gallon either way will not make or break your business!

Newest Addition to Agronomy Sales, Jacob

On December 20, we welcomed Jacob Petrie to the agronomy sales staff. Jacob graduated from UW-Platteville in 2015. He has a double major in Soil Crop Sciences and Agri business. He now resides in the Neenah area. 

Before starting with CHS Larsen he worked for two years as an agronomist at a neighboring cooperative. Then he worked for a retailer for another seed dealer in the Chilton area for 3 years. He wanted to work for CHS Larsen because he felt we are a well-organized company where he would fit into the position well. He also enjoyed working in the cooperative system and wanted to get back into it.

His ag interest developed when he was able to keep a steer at his uncles farm, to show at the county fair, and it grew from there. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors – fishing, sports and fitness. Fun fact about Jacob is he is getting married in October 2020.

He is looking forward to meeting everyone and developing relationships in the future. Feel free to reach out to Jacob with your agronomy needs.

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