Don’t Leave Fall Nitrogen Unstable

In the field applying nutrients

Nutrient management is as important in fall as it is at planting.

Growers considering a fall anhydrous ammonia application can take measures to make the most out of their fertilizer investment, while supporting nitrogen management best practices, says Eric Scherder, Ph.D., field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

“Nitrogen isn’t a one-time event,” Scherder says. “There has to be forethought about how to manage it today and tomorrow.”

Growers who are serious about reducing nitrate loss into groundwater can take steps when making fall applications. These steps include evaluating application methods, paying attention to temperature and using a nitrogen stabilizer to reduce nitrate loss due to leaching and denitrification. (more…)

Are you Using the Right Grease? 

by Kim Leisner Energy Sales Manager

cenexgreasetubefamilyAs Harvest pushes through, the next item that comes to mind would be your fall maintenance.

After working your tractors, combines, harvesters, and your fifth-wheel semis for long hours, and in tough conditions, it’s time to give your equipment the pampering it deserves.  A little TLC for a different kind of employee, “the workers with wheels”.

Proper lubrication through greasing is one of the single most important factors in contributing to the longevity of your equipment and protecting your investment.

However, the question stands, are you using the right grease for each piece of equipment?  The thing to remember is not all things are created equally. Just like tractors (ex: Case IH vs. John Deere), the same is known when dealing with grease. When choosing a grease there are many factors to consider. We need to think about chemical compatibility and the NLGI rating. These can make for some serious frustration, and can make a final decision somewhat confusing.

CHS posts fiscal 2016 earnings of $424.2 million

2016 Harvest

ST. PAUL, MINN. (Nov. 3, 2016) – CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today announced earnings for fiscal 2016 of $424.2 million.

CHS net income for fiscal 2016 (Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2016) of $424.2 million was down 46 percent from $781.0 million for fiscal 2015, reflecting lower pre-tax earnings within the company’s Energy and Ag segments, as well as its Corporate and Other category. Lower pre-tax earnings within these two segments were partly offset by increased pretax earnings in its Foods segment, and seven months of earnings from its Nitrogen Production segment which was created by the February 2016 strategic investment CHS made in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC (CF Nitrogen). These results reflect the continued economic down cycle in the company’s core energy and agriculture businesses, as well as the impact of one-time events.


CHS Board addresses 2016 equity management; delays individual equity redemption program changes

equity300The CHS Board has delayed implementation of the company’s new individual equity redemption program, a decision made following its regular review of the CHS equity management program.

“This decision was made as we considered a number of factors, including our commitment to balance sheet management and the current economic cycle,” says CHS Board Chairman Dave Bielenberg. “CHS remains financially sound and profitable, but as we navigate this economic cycle, the board believes this delay was appropriate as we continue to take a long-term view in managing equity redemptions.”


4 Top Things Growers Need To Know about Adjuvants

sprayingcrops1. What Are Spray Adjuvants?

Adjuvants aren’t new — in fact, they’ve been around as long as herbicides. However, with the recent conversations about the new trait and herbicide technologies, adjuvants are getting a lot more discussion, as they rightfully should.

With the upcoming changes, it is now even more important to make sure you are using the proper adjuvants to ensure your herbicide application is as effective as possible and to help minimize the development of herbicide resistant weeds. (more…)

Weyauwega Annual Fire District Training at CHS Feed Mill

img_6658On Monday, October 10, 2016 the Weyauwega Area Fire District held a training on grain rescue safety for their volunteer fire fighters at CHS Larsen Cooperative, in Weyauwega. Harvest is well underway and farmers will soon be filling their grain bins again. Working in grain bins can be a dangerous activity. Thus, it is very important to be prepared for any unforeseen emergencies during harvest and have the proper training and equipment.

During the training on Monday night the fire department practiced a few rescue scenarios. They used their Grain Rescue Equipment, including the Great Wall of Rescue, ropes, and harnesses, which they were able to purchase last year with a CHS safety Grant. They partially buried a volunteer firefighter in a load of corn at the mill and then used the Great Wall of Rescue, which acts as a cofferdam, to properly rescue a victim out of loose grain. (more…)

Why you should celebrate Global Fertilizer Day

Global Fertilizer Day — October 13The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and its members (including CHS) will celebrate the first annual Global Fertilizer Day this coming Thursday, October 13. Organized by TFI and a network of international organizations, the day is dedicated to spreading the word about the vital role our industry plays in improving peoples’ lives. As Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said on numerous occasions, two out of every five people in the world owe their lives to fertilizer.

A generation ago, a Nobel Peace Prize winner proclaimed the same message. He was the great-grandchild of Norwegian immigrants, attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade, and failed his first college entrance exam. But when he was finally admitted to the University of Minnesota, Norman Borlaug took a Depression-era job with the Civilian Conservation Corps to pay for his tuition and living expenses. Through that experience he met hungry people and saw the way having enough food changed them. (more…)

 October Is Co-op Month

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that October is National Cooperative Month. After all, what better time could there be than during harvest to reflect on everything cooperatives do for the farmers and ranchers who own them? As you’re busy bringing in what promises to be another banner harvest, consider how rural co-ops, empowered by the combined strength of their  owners, ensure the steady supply of affordable inputs that make your crop possible. Co-ops help fuel machinery, as well as your entire operation, by providing the diesel fuel, agronomic expertise, seed, fertilizers, financing and crop protection you need — all to  protect your bottom line. Co-ops also provide access to broader world markets, for higher profitability. Now more than ever, ag operations are technology driven, and once again the co-op is there to help you stay current. Because the co-op is a business you own, you can trust it has your long-term interests in mind. And there’s no better proof than the patronage you receive just for doing business with a cooperative, as well as the reinvestment the co-op makes in order to serve your changing needs and stay relevant for generations.

Cooperatives like CHS Larsen Co-op build jobs, local communities and, ultimately, a stronger America. Here we have 110 full-time and 25 part-time workers and generate nearly 131 million dollars sales annually. That’s revenue that stays in the North Eastern Wisconsin area rather than going to some out-of-state (or out-of-country) business conglomerate. It’s money that feeds the local economy, causing a ripple effect as it travels through the local equipment dealership, grocery store, bank, restaurant, church and so on. It helps keep our young people firmly planted in the area, and it’s money we use to invest in them so that they can become the community leaders of the future. It’s dollars we put toward ensuring the safety of everyone who lives here, and it’s extended toward schools, public outreach programs and infrastructure that help keep our towns vibrant.

While the annual celebration of the co-op only lasts a month, the benefits of the cooperative system are there for you all year long.

This year we are sharing cooperative facts each day. Be sure to follow our social media Twitter and Facebook to learn these fun facts!

Town of Center Fire Department awarded CHS Safety Grant


On Friday, September 23, 2016 CHS Larsen Cooperative employees Jeremy Hunt, Andy VanDyck and Mary Kay Cleven awarded a CHS Safety grant for $1,825 to the Town of Center Fire Department Joe Hofacker, Fire Chief  and Matt Harrison. The fire department plans to use these funds to purchase a multi gas monitor. This would give them the tools to recognize and monitor hazardous gas furthering their capabilities in keeping our community safe.

The Town of Center Fire Department has a great working relationship with CHS Larsen Cooperative. Yearly, the fire department comes the co-op to do their annual training on advanced rescue and confined space, with neighboring mutual aid fire department. The emphasis of this training is to further understanding of the cooperative’s facilities, its hazards, and how they can better handle any possible firefighting or rescue needs.

This multi gas meter will help the fire department serve the community and the co-op by giving them the ability during an emergency call to detect a possible gas leak and to monitor for the presence of other dangerous gases. This is useful when determining if a home is safe for its occupants or if a location at the co-op is safe for firefighters to operate in. (more…)

CHS Larsen Coop hosts road side inspection workshop

IMG_5253CHS Larsen Cooperative continues to keep safety as a top priority and in doing so they had 48 employees attended their Road Side Inspection workshops on August 25, 2016.

CHS Larsen Cooperative has many divisions driving day in and day out. Whether their drivers are carrying grain, seed, feed, or fuel, the safety of the drivers is very important.

Lt. Michael Klingenberg from Wisconsin State Patrol, Inspector Jim Murray from Wisconsin State Patrol, and Susan Curtiss, Fleet Compliance Manager from CHS Country Operations lead sessions, providing important information and tips for the drivers.

Klingenberg went over information and state laws to help drivers prepare for road side inspections. In addition, he also addressed both myths and truths behind the phone and alcohol laws.


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