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.

Utilizing the Entire Package

For many growers 2019 is finally in the books and preparation for 2020 is beginning with seed orders, chemical and fertilizer prepay as well as some end of year equipment upgrading. Others still have begun these steps while finishing up the last of their acres. 2019 was a year of windows; there were only a few windows to plant, and many acres around here never even had that window. Many times, this past summer I spoke with growers and the same comments arose “it only needed 2 good days of sun.” But for some that was never given. Then the windows of application and side dress came and went, and many acres of corn didn’t get the treatments that were needed. Harvest has come and went as one of the wettest falls on record and became a difficult task for many to complete. With the year of 2019 behind us I look to the adoption of technology on the farm, whether that is in actual hardware on a planter, combine or tractor, or if it is the adoption of technology in the data and information side. Many growers still adopted technology this year or began to utilize technology that they previously adopted.  

Looking into previously adopted technology, is the entire package of the information you adopted being used on your farm? 2020 is beginning as a year that we may need to tighten our belts and maximize the margin of profit on farm. Utilizing every bit of the information collected on your farm to make sound decisions is one way to increase this margin. If you have a precision planter, or a yield monitor on your combine, or even a GPS monitor in a tractor, are you utilizing the data collected? Or are you just letting the information sit on the monitors or as maps collected? This information collected on farm from your technology has a large amount of value if utilized to complete a cropping plan for 2020 and builds a larger amount of ROI on the technology compared to the basic utilization. Yield data is an important piece of information to maximize the production of a field, by validating the areas of the field that could benefit from increased fertility or seeding rates. Utilizing these variable rate seeding rates, then can be utilized to maximize placement of in season fertilizer rates.  

On a different note, soil sampling and software on farm is one of the least utilized pieces of information that I see from farm to farm. If your farm has GPS soil samples, why not utilize the sampling for your benefit by working with one of our YieldPoint® techs to create variable rate fertility plans for your fields. The software you select to manage your data is an important step into tracking your margins and building a field history to make better decisions in the future. As margins tighten up on corn and soybeans, using the complete package of the information you collect on your farm can be the key to maximizing the profit on a per acre basis.  

Written by Alex Yost, YieldPoint® Specialist

No Surprise – Corn is Still Wet

On Thursday, September 12, the Outagamie Forage Council held their first corn silage dry down day event. Forage Council Executive Board Members John Schneider and Tom Rose, CHS Agronomist, assisted with testing samples. Kevin Jarek, Crop Soils Horticulture Agent for UW Madison Division of Extension was there to oversee and record all sample numbers.

Everyone is well aware that the corn is still wet! However, this was a good opportunity to start seeing where it was at. They received samples from Wrightstown-Freedom area as well as Stephenville to Hortonville. Most of the samples ended up being in the mid-to-high 70s. There was one sample as high as 83. (70% moisture – 30% dry matter).

When it comes to storing corn silage there are different desired moisture levels for each type of storage. Bags – 60-70%, Bunkers – 68-70%, Bank – 65-67%, Upright depends on the size but usually it should be – 65% or less.

If you interested in seeing the exact sample readings Outagamie Forage Council posts them online, this will be coming soon, click here.

The forage council will be hosting five more dry down day events. Click here to see the schedule.

New Spray Adjuvant powered by CHS Farmer-Owners

Farmers can take pride in an exclusive new line of high-performance adjuvants from CHS, knowing that they’re formulated with soybean oil refined by CHS, from soybeans grown by farmer-owners.

CHS Acuvant is a soy-enhanced spray adjuvant that improves the droplet spectrum of spray solutions without altering the viscosity. Significantly fewer fine droplets in place of more dense droplets results in next-generation drift control and deposition aid to maximize your herbicide, fungicide and insecticide investment.

As compared to crude soybean oil, CHS Acuvant has refined soybean oil, which results in less impurities with superior mixability and cold-weather stability. However, when it comes to the formulation, what’s kept out is just as important. An NPE-free adjuvant, CHS Acuvant ensures farmers can apply late-season corn fungicides at any postemergence stage without the risk of causing arrested ear syndrome.

Keep your herbicides, fungicides and insecticides on target and support our farmer-owners with soy-enhanced CHS Acuvant.

To learn more about CHS Acuvant, talk with your local agronomist.

Weed Control Systems

Weed control has been on top of the mind for many growers the last year.  Troublesome weeds have started to pop up everywhere.  Because of these weeds, new methods of control have been developed and deployed for growers to use.

The team at CHS Larsen Co-op took advantage of the many acres of prevent plant to help sort out the differences in some of the weed control systems.  There are at least six different trait platforms a grower can choose from on soybeans.  This allows for a huge variation in the products that can be applied post emerge.  In addition to the base chemistries behind the systems, there’s an infinite amount of surfactant to go with. 

We took a deep dive investigation into the surfactants that go with the base systems.  This is where the interesting things happened.  Just by changing surfactant,  a grower’s weed control could be affected by 50%.  Choosing the right surfactant is almost as important as the base chemistry.  The Enlist ™ and Xtend® programs offered the best weed control when coupled with CHS Level Best.  Please contact your agronomist for more information. 

Written by: Jeremy Hunt, CCA, Agronomy Sales Manager

Can I Use Corn or Soybeans as a Cover Crop on Prevented Plant Acres?

June 14, 2019

Written by: Paul D. Mitchell, Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison Office: (608) 265-6514 Email Web

As many Wisconsin farmers are taking prevented plant payments for their insured corn or soybeans acres, they are asking what they can use for cover crops on these acres. Traditional cover crop seed is hard to find this year with all the prevented plant acres in the region and farmers already have corn and/or soybean seed. Thus the question: Can I use corn or soybeans as a cover crop on prevented plant acres? The short answer is yes, but only if planted sufficiently late and if the cover crop is never harvested for grain, seed or silage/green chopped, even after November 1. Note that a cover crop can be grazed, baled for hay or baled for straw/stover for bedding, including a corn or soybean corn crop, but only after November 1. This bulletin provides guidance to farmers, examining at three options.

First, if a farmer takes the full prevented plant indemnity, planting the same crop as a cover crop before the end of the late planting period is not allowed. Instead, the farmer should report it as late planted with a reduced guarantee. For all but northern Wisconsin, June 25, is the end of the late planting period for corn grain, June 30, for corn silage. For soybeans, the late planting period ends on July 5, for the northern two-thirds of Wisconsin and on July 10, for the southern third. Therefore, after taking a full prevented plant indemnity, planting corn or soybeans as a cover crop before these dates is not allowed. These maps (above) shows the dates for the end of the late planting periods for each Wisconsin county. If a farmer wants to plant a cover crop during this period, something other than corn and soybeans should be planted.

Second, if the goal is to harvest forage from prevented plant acres, then farmers should take the partial prevented plant payment (35% of the full payment) and acknowledge forage as the alternative crop. Technically farmers can take the full prevented plant indemnity and wait until after November 1 to graze the cover crop, to bale it as hay for feed or to bale it as straw/stover for bedding (making silage is not allowed, even after November 1). However, this is a risky practice for forage production in Wisconsin and not recommended. Rather, farmers should take the partial prevented plant payment (35% of the full payment) and acknowledge forage as the alternative crop. If farmers have questions, they should consult with local agronomic experts for recommended crops for forage production as an alternative crop. Potentially, a full season corn hybrid (105-110 days) planted in early July may be a viable option for corn silage production, but it will not be insurable.

Third, the RMA does not have an official list of approved cover crops. RMA states that “For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement.” ( Crops-and-Crop-Insurance). Thus a local agronomic expert, such as a University of Wisconsin Extension county crops agent, could provide a letter to a farmer and crop insurance agent that corn or soybeans was an acceptable cover crop in their county. Alternatively, a University of Wisconsin Extension state agronomic specialist could provide publically available written guidance on how to use corn or soybeans as a cover crop on prevented plant acres in Wisconsin including recommended agronomic practices. If farmers use corn or soybeans as a cover crop, they should carefully document the destruction of the corn or soybean cover crop (e.g., with dated photographs), that it was not chopped for forage or harvested for grain or seed, and if they grazed it or baled it for hay or straw/stover, that they did not do so until after November 1, and that is it clearly for bedding. Potentially, this documentation could include a written statement from an Extension county crops agent or other third party expert witness documenting and certifying these activities and their dates.

Finally, many farmers have been wondering about the impact of prevented plant acres on USDA support payments. The market facilitation program (MFP) has been announced for 2019, with Secretary Perdue making an official press release on June 10: At this time, it seems that MFP payments will not be made for prevented plant acres (see item 4), but these interpretations can evolve, as MFP is authorized by executive order, not an existing law. Prevented plant payments do not affect Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments. Lastly, how the USDA Farm Service Agency will count prevented plant acres as acres planted for determining base acres is officially unclear and has to be clarified by Congress.

Welcome our 2019 Agronomy Interns

This year we have two interns joining our agronomy staff, Michelle Erickson and Bryce Hering.

Michelle comes to us from Greenville, WI. She is currently a student at Fox Valley Technical College where she is pursing a major in Agribusiness Science and Animal Science. She wanted to work for CHS Larsen Co-op to gain more knowledge on the agronomy side of agriculture. She is most excited about being able to be outside and learn more about crops and soils, as well as talking with farmers. In her free time, she enjoys shooting trap, riding four-wheelers, hanging with friends, fishing, driving tractor and going on road trips. Something interesting about Michelle is that she lives on a dairy farm.

Bryce is from the Saxeville area. He is attending UW-River Falls, where he is majoring in Crops and Soil Science. He came to CHS Larsen Co-op because he heard it was a great place to work and it was close to home for him this summer. He’s very excited to meet new people and learn more about crops and pests in the fields. Outside of school and work his hobbies are hunting, fishing, spending time with friends and camping up north. Something interesting about Bryce is that he showed pigs for 10 years and he has never broken a bone.

We are very excited to have Bryce and Michelle work with us this summer! They will be sharing updates throughout the summer on what they are learning in their internships.

Corn Insect Update 5/9/19

Originally Posted in the Wisconsin Pest Bulletin

Volume 64 Number 2 Date 05/09/2019

BLACK CUTWORM – A weekend storm front on May 5-6 brought additional flights of black cutworms northward into the state. DATCP’s 44 monitoring locations collected 267 moths, with 10 sites registering significant counts of nine or more moths in two nights. The highest trap count for the week was 20 moths near Hampden in Columbia County. Pheromone traps have captured a cumulative total of 758 specimens since the first moth appeared on April 4.

The black cutworm counts recorded this spring are considered moderate in comparison to captures in high-moth years,though delayed spring field preparation and early-season weed growth have provided highly favorable egg laying habitat for female moths arriving over the past 4-5 weeks.Based on the first major BCW migration event on April 12 and the expected slow accumulation of degree days over the next two weeks,the earliest peak corn cutting window will not open until May 27 near Beloit, May 29 near Madison, and June 4 near Hancock. However, the second wave of significant captures recorded in the past week signals the cutting period could be protracted, with a second peak damage period starting around June 6.

The late start to 2019 planting season and the consistent moth migrations documented since mid-April indicate a high risk of BCW damage to vegetative corn this spring.

*Mustang Maxx Preventative or Rescue at 2.5 oz – 3 oz /acre. Hero Preventative or Rescue at 4 oz/acre.*

SEEDCORN MAGGOT -Emergence of first-generation flies from overwintered pupae has peaked.Peak fly emergence theoretically occurred last week across southern Wisconsin with the accumulation of 360 degree days (sine base 39°F), and is forecast for the Appleton, Hancock and Tomah areas of central Wisconsin in the week ahead Heavy egg laying is likely during this time. Cool, moist soil conditions prevalent statewide are less than optimal for rapid seed germination and highly favorable for seedcorn maggot (SCM) infestation, increasing the risk of maggot damage to susceptible crops such as corn and soybean seeds and seedlings. Planting as close as possible to the ‘fly-free’ period between the first and second generations can reduce risk and is the primary cultural control for this spring soil insect pest.If SCM infestation is suspected, dig up apparent seed skips in the row and examine seed for evidence of damage. Cutworms, wireworms, and white grubs are other insects that can contribute to stand loss.

* Make sure your growers have either Capture LFR or Ethos XB in the Starter Fertilizer tank to help against Seed corn Maggot!*

Starter Fertilizer Offers Dual Action Chemistries

Working quietly under the soil, starter fertilizers ensure that seeds have access to the readily available nutrients needed to develop roots faster and stronger than seeds without starter fertilizers. By helping plants use micronutrients in the soil to reach their full potential, starter fertilizers give crops a stronger start, which is especially important during variable spring conditions.

Dedicated to helping a grower’s plants reach their full potential, CHS continuously researches and develops new ways to improve their starter fertilizer product lines. Their latest technology, CHS Lumen, is an all-in-one starter fertilizer that contains unique chemistries to help grower’s reach their bottom line. It is a 5-15-3 fertilizer with 0.8% zinc included.

Boasting a 1:3 ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus, CHS Lumen contains two of the most important nutrient components in starter fertilizers. This 1:3 ratio has proven to be the optimal ratio for early plant growth and product stability.

Dual Action Chemistries

CHS Lumen is made with the pure ortho-ortho EDDHA chelate, and an advanced hemicellulose enzyme. Hemicellulose is an advanced enzyme that processes organic matter to release nitrogen, phosphorus and water.

When combined, the chelate and enzyme create a push-pull mode of action that redefines starter fertilizer efficiency by providing nutrition to the plant. This dual action makes nutrients more available and enhances the plant’s ability to take up those nutrients, correcting nutrient deficiencies.

Throughout 2018, CHS ran several trials using CHS Lumen. In one trial completed at the University of Illinois through Dr. Fred Below’s Crop Physiology Lab, results showed that using CHS Lumen products had a significant increase in the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) over standard starter fertilizers.

Applying CHS Lumen

CHS Lumen can be used on soybeans, dry beans, sugar beets, corn, wheat, sunflowers and potatoes. This product is labeled for use as a starter fertilizer and also as a postemergence. When used as a postemergence, CHS Lumen helps prevent the occurrence of a nutrient deficiency or as remediation to an existing nutrient deficiency.

For more information on how you can use in-furrow starter fertilizer applications like CHS Lumen, contact your CHS Agronomist or subscribe to the LIFT blog at

Agellum™ Advantages in February

This past week, I had the privilege of talking Agellum™ with several growers, at our Agellum™ meeting and on farm. All growers I talked with had certain positive thoughts about the program, and some concerns and hopes for future development. With that in mind, I am here to tell you, when making a choice on what farm planning software to purchase on your farm, think about the service package that comes with the software. Here at CHS Larsen, utilizing the Agellum™ Program on your farm gets you a service team that cannot be beat by any other software provider in the Ag industry. Locally our YieldPoint® team, comprised of myself, Olivia Wagenson, Cody Miller, and Ryan Jones are the first line of questions when issues arise and when clarification is needed. Agronomically, your CHS Agronomist is the best source of advice into building a Farm Plan that works for your operation, and is the most financially sound decision in these tough margins. This is a winning team to help you through any farming questions and software concerns of your operation, all in the same time zone and local area.

The one piece of information that I want to tell you about Agellum™ today, is the break-even and variance tool of our Farm Planning section. This tool, after building your farm plans, allows you to analyze marketing and strategic grain contracting, field by field. Utilizing this tool can help you make sound decisions in farming for the upcoming year, below you will see an example of what our chart looks like.

If you would like to find out more information into the farm planning and management software Agellum™, call your local YieldPoint® Specialist or CHS Agronomist.

Written by: Alex Yost, CHS YieldPoint® Specialist

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