Grain meetings will be held April 5th at Crystal Falls and April 6th at Larsen. Invites are being sent out. (watch your mail)
Monday, March 20, 2017 Spring began with temperatures that were above normal. We are just not sure what normal is…winds the week before were certainly not normal, with gusts up over 60 mph. The tarp on the pile of corn at Readfield did its best but could not hold on. The crew is in the process of getting it off the ground, so please be aware of a different traffic pattern when going around the facility.
A special THANK YOU to all our employees that did an awesome job picking up the pile of corn in Amherst. Way to go!!!
March 31, 2017 will be a date to watch for the Planting Intentions Report. All eyes will be focused on how many acres farmers are intending to put in the ground and what is going in those acres. We will need to have more exports, demand, and end users to consume the abundance.
Spring can be a very hectic time of year with everyone trying to get outside work started. Please be aware of who and what is around you.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) as they work together to help educate the next generation in ag. For over 20 years they have had a strong working relationship with the tech school’s Ag department. This week CHS employees helped give hands on experiences to students that are interested in going into the Ag industry.
by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator
The market moves fast, sometimes when you are not expecting it to. Since January 12th we have been in a rally market with over a $0.50 cent increase in the cash soybean market. Cash corn has stayed above the $3.00 mark with some gain following soybeans, and wheat also made it above $3.50. We are encouraging anyone with old crop in storage to seriously think of selling. Along with that, getting some of your new crop contracts in place. New Crop beans are trying hard to get to the $9.50 mark, corn is around $3.40 and wheat is creeping up to the higher $3.70’s. A rally is a time to build on averages and this one has made it possible to lock in the best prices that we have seen in a long time.
South America weather has played a big part in the reason for the rally in the soybean market with corn and wheat to follow along. We will be watching the wheat market for any predictions on what the crop will look like for the coming season.
The weather here has not been very nice for us either. Rain and freezing temperatures have made ice and some nasty roads to travel on. Walking on the driveways turned into slip sliding and if you were lucky you made it to your car safely doing the penguin walk.
!!!COME ON SPRING!!!
!!!GO PACK GO!!!
by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator
Another harvest season has come to a close for most of our producers. As we reflect back it was a fast and furious one with added rain, which held off some of the acres to be harvested until we had a long stretch of freezing temperatures. That time has now come and we are feeling it all the way to our toes. Thank goodness December 21st is coming and days will start to get longer.
Abundance has been the name of the game this harvest season, with yields above average and quality at one of its highest levels. This means that the producers have more grain to sell/store at the elevator this year. LARGE CROPS and SPACE are two thoughts that have been on the minds of many this season. This concern can be put together with CONDO STORAGE. Do you know what it is? If not, ask your friendly grain employee.
Markets reflected the abundance and made some movement in a downward price direction that was anticipated, but others were unforeseen. The unexpected bright spot has been the positive movement of the bean market with demand for the oils. Producers have been on top of it and are taking advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves. Not only are producers marketing the bushels in the bins, they are also making plans for the next season ahead. Knowing what it takes to put the crop in the ground will help determine what needs to be covered for the input costs next year. Get some of it taken care of when you see rallies in the market. Have a plan – each producer has different needs—do you know yours?
Producers have worked hard to put grain in on-farm storage, so please make sure everyone is taking the precautions to care for it. Fans need to be clear of debris and maintained so that air flow is not restricted and grain can stay fresh. When you are working with bins, safety is the number one concern. Always let others know what you are doing and when, that way your safety and their’s is taken into consideration.
As our loyal customers labored to get the harvest off the fields, all the employees at the elevators worked to receive it. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for the long hours and days of work to get the harvest processed efficiently and safely.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON
by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator
Harvest continues, as we go along Mother Nature is doing her part in aiding in the release of moisture from the remaining beans and the abundant corn that is still standing in the fields. The beans are finally coming in under 13% on a consistent basis and some corn has gone from low 20’s to 16% moisture.
We are seeing great progress in field work as farmers are wrapping up the harvest and doing fall tillage. Some areas are still very wet which makes it harder to get the harvest off the fields. Those acres may have to wait for a longer period of freezing temperatures and yes that “S” word, Snow. This has been one of the warmer falls with temperatures that I can handle this late in November Any time I do not have to have my three shirts and a coat/gloves/boots, winter apparel on, is a great time. Others do not agree and would like to see the cold here already, but that is what makes it great, we can all have our own opinion.
At the elevator we are doing all we can to make space for the bumper crop and help our loyal patrons get done with this year’s awesome crop. Some of you may have noticed we have our pile done and covered in Readfield. A big thank you goes out to all who have been patient with what we have been doing to continue to have grain flow through the elevator. Full does not mean that we are done for the season. Sometimes, it just means we need a day or two to move more out.
Just a gentle reminder to please call ahead for hours at the different facilities this time of year and thank you again for your continued patience and loyalty.
Have a safe Deer Hunting season and a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!!
NEW LONDON, WISC., May 20, 2016 – On Thursday, May 19, 2016, CHS Larsen Cooperative hosted a safety walk through event for the surrounding Readfield area fire departments at their new grain facility. This included Dale Fire and Rescue, New London Fire Department, Hortonville Fire District, and Fremont Wolf River Fire Department.
Jim Emmons, Dale Fire and Rescue Chief, took the lead on the walk through training. CHS Larsen Cooperative wanted to provide an opportunity for their local safety officials to become familiar with the facility and understand the layout in a no pressure situation. Along with the new layout, they also learned where emergency disconnects were including the shut off valves for gas and electricity. (more…)