Warning signs your diesel is water-contaminated

By Chad Christiansen, Product Quality and Additives Manager in Agriculture and Farming, CHS from the Cenexperts blog

filling a tractor with diesel fuel

Farmers have enough on their plates without needing to deal with water in their diesel. Despite their best efforts, though, sometimes accidents happen. Luckily, there are ways to remove water from diesel and methods to prevent water contamination from happening again.


Crop Report – August 11

Across the countryside the agronomy work is slowing down to a halt with the crop progressing nicely. Soybeans have set pods and are beginning to fill the lower pods, resulting in the need for a large amount of water usage on the crop. Corn has all tasseled and pollinated for the most part now, and grain fill is also beginning on most corn.  

This is a good time to walk fields to look for end of season things to change for next year. Start watching varieties on nitrogen use efficiency as the amount of soil nitrogen is depleting and the soil is getting quite dry in some areas. Also walk fields to think about the first pass next spring, the corn planter… Look at how spacing and singulation is affecting your ear set. If you are interested, have your CHS agronomist or Precision Ag Specialist walk these fields with you to explain the next steps in capturing yield potential.  

Written By Alex Yost, CHS Agronomist

CHS Larsen Co-op Harvest Safety Update

Pre Harvest Safety Update Message

July 23, 2020

As we continue to navigate through this new unprecedented environment, we have some updates on how harvest 2020 will work. Our first reminder is to please watch the signage/digital screen for your prompts of which pit you are assigned to and when to proceed. When on the scale in Center Valley you need to make sure to wait until you see a red light, then green before proceeding. The scale operator needs to change the light manually once they’ve captured your truck weight. At our Readfield location there are phones placed throughout our route that you can use to call into the office. Due to COVID-19 concerns we are asking producers to use our phone systems instead of coming into any location’s office. If you have special requests or need accommodations, please call the office and we would be happy to help you.

We are also asking that apart from unrolling and rolling your trap and opening and closing your hopper that you stay in your truck; this will help us with traffic safety concerns. You will notice all CHS employees are required to wear Hi-Vis clothing to eliminate any accidents.

In Readfield, once you arrive at your pit assignment you will notice two changes this year:

  • We have implemented a stop light system for our North and South Pits. They will be labeled letting you know two things:
    • Your last reminder of what crop is being dumped wet or dry.
    • As well as when to dump. When the light is green, dump; when the light is red, wait. 
  • The second thing you’ll notice is that CHS will not have a pit attendant this year. Due to ergonomic safety reasons CHS employees will NO longer be present at the pit to crank hopper doors. The producer/truck driver will be responsible to open their own hopper doors at all CHS locations.

CHS employees are also not allowed to climb on trailers or enter through the hopper doors as these are considered confined spaces. This also means we are asking truck drivers to refrain from climbing on or in trailers on CHS property. So please take this time before harvest begins to do a thorough check on all your equipment to make sure it is working properly. (Again, if you do need special assistance please call the office before coming so we can prepare for additional help).

Finally, our last update is when you are scaling out, the truck driver will get one ticket printed either at the scale in Readfield or at the office door at all other locations. This will be the only ticket the farm gets as we will no longer mail duplicate tickets. So please, take a minute to make sure you have all the correct information on your ticket before leaving. If you need assistance, please pick up the phone at the outbound scale at Readfield and call or call from your truck at all other locations.

This is a great time to remind you that if you have not yet signed up for both direct deposit payments and MyCHS Customer Resource, you can do this for FREE on our website. MyCHS offers account details related to your business with CHS Larsen Cooperative. A single sign-on lets you see your CHS activity in one place: grain, agronomy, energy and feed. Find contracts, bookings, settlements, prepays, invoices and more. This is a mobile friendly and easily accessible tool for your convenience.  As of August 1st, we will not be sending grain settlements or scale tickets in the mail. You will be able to view your essential grain accounting information on MyCHS.

If you have any questions, please call Readfield 920-667-4955 or Center Valley 920-734-1409.


CHS Larsen Cooperative Grain Department

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

Image courtesy of FLICKR USER.

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

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