Cenex® Winterized Premium Diesel Fuels

It is time to start thinking about winter diesel fuel. Cenex® Winterized Premium Diesel product line offers broad coverage to meet the unique needs of your equipment – from moderate temperatures to extreme winter cold and everything in between.

Our full line up of Cenex Winterized Premium Diesel Fuels includes:

Cenex Wintermaster® Winterized Premium Diesel is formulated with an operability of –30° F and a typical cold filter plugging point (CFPP) of –55° F. Cenex Wintermaster is specifically formulated for the demands of diesel powered equipment in the most extreme winter conditions.

Cenex Roadmaster XL® and Ruby Fieldmaster® Seasonally Enhanced Premium Diesel Fuels are formulated for moderate climates and provide outstanding shoulder season flexibility. Cenex Seasonally Enhanced Premium Diesel Fuels deliver a typical cold filter plugging point (CFPP) of -25° F.

#1 Diesel Fuel with Cenex Premium Diesel Fuel Additive is used to blend down your Cenex Premium Diesel Fuel tanks during transition from summer to fall/winter, helping ensure additives remain at proper levels. Ideal for blending down bulk tanks, retail fueling site tanks and customer storage tanks.

Contact your CHS Prairie Lakes energy team at 1-800-808-1626 for more information.



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7 Things You Need to Know in Grain This Week

By Tim Guza, CHS Prairie Lakes Grain Manager

  1. In the last week we have seen the market go from no offers to all kinds of corn offers at the PNW.  This why we seen the basis firm and then weaken.  I think we will revisit the levels we saw early this week.
  2. We probably need to be thinking about locking in some basis and putting offers in the futures market to go with it.
  3. CHS Prairie Lakes will be offering a July Futures Averaging Contract for corn and soybeans.  This will be managed through CHS Prairie Lakes.  We will be making our first trade on January 17, 2018, so contact our grain team today if you’re interested in learning more.
  4. Bean basis remains flat.
  5. Effective December 5 we will be offering free DP on soybeans.  They will need to be priced by August 31, 2018 and the program is available for new deliveries only.
  6. Save the date for our winter grain marketing meeting featuring guest speaker Brian Rydlund with CHS Hedging – the meetings will be held January 23, 2018.  More details to come!
  7. Now that harvest is over, take time to re-evaluate your break evens and set new good to cancel offers.


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Farmers Have Expanded Health Plan Choices Through New Minnesota Cooperative

This year, farmers and production agricultural businesses have new options for health plan coverage. 40 Square Cooperative Solutions (40 Square), Minnesota’s newest co-op for farmers, is offering self-funded health plan choices that strive for greater stability than the individual marketplace and ownership for the members it serves.

For more than 15 years, 40 Square has been a joint effort of two long-standing cooperative partners: Cooperative Network, the cooperative trade association for Minnesota and Wisconsin cooperative businesses and United Farmers Cooperative (UFC), a farm supply cooperative based in Winthrop, Minnesota. Several other organizations and agencies have supported the effort throughout the journey as well.

40 Square is based upon Cooperative Network’s successful efforts to create and establish the Farmers’ Health Cooperative of Wisconsin (FHCW), currently in its ninth year of operation. While 40 Square differs in structure from FHCW, both seek to offer their members health care plans, with the 40 Square Plan offering tools to help members make educated choices when seeking health services.

To become a member of 40 Square, individuals must be a Minnesota farmer in production agriculture with one “Common Law” employee, file Form 1065 or Schedule F with their income tax returns or have a business that directly supports production agriculture. Membership then grants access to the health plans, which were designed based on survey feedback from what farmers were seeking from their health care organization.

The health plans are self-funded and allows members to own and adjust the structure and features of their plans, as a group. All premium dollars remain in a trust, and if not used, the farmer-controlled board decides, based on feedback from the member-owners, on how those unused funds should be appropriated.

Open enrollment season ends December 15, 2017, and interested farm families can run a quote online at 40Square.coop or work with a local insurance agent to get enrolled.

To find out more information about 40 Square health plans or find an agent-partner in your area, visit 40Square.coop or call 1-844-205-9579.

Unconscious Bias and the Role of Women in Agribusinesses

Women in Agribusinesses


By Amy Piersak, market intelligence specialist with CHS

A farmer standing in their field surrounded by the sights and smells of a spring rain. An agronomist analyzing a seeding recommendation. The grain merchandizer settling into a Monday morning at your local cooperative. The animal nutrition specialist you trust to provide the right feed for your animals. Now pause and visualize these people. Who are you picturing?

If you are picturing men in these roles, you are likely experiencing unconscious bias. Humans are only able to consciously process a fraction of the information we receive every second, so out of necessity, our brains have developed the incredible ability to unconsciously process thousands of pieces of information in an instant. While this is invaluable when assessing the threat of a lion in the brush (spoiler: very high), it can cause us to fall prey to biases when envisioning tasks or roles such as those mentioned earlier.

Despite these perceptions, the role of women in agriculture has been steadily evolving. Much of the shift has come from the changing demographic landscape in education. Most colleges of agriculture are posting higher numbers of women seeking ag-related degrees. In the spring of this year, The College of Agriculture at Purdue University posted that 58% of their undergraduate students were women. This is a colossal change from the 1970s when women comprised only 2-5% of their undergraduate population. For comparison, women represented 43% of the total undergraduate students at Purdue University in spring of 2017. In 2017, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State reported 52% of their undergraduates are women. Like Purdue University, Iowa State University reported that of their undergraduate students, 43% were women.

As women are obtaining more degrees in areas related to animals, animal behaviors, entomology, botany, plant sciences, and environmental sciences compared to men, the implications on the “typical candidate” will be significant. It is worth noting that these degrees are considered STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees. Women have historically been underrepresented in STEM degrees, and agriculture is a leading area of growth on that front.

Unfortunately, the gains in education are not as well represented in the working world. The United States Department of Labor reports that women represented 47% of the workforce in 2016. Which remains relatively unchanged from the last 20 years. When we look at agribusinesses and local agricultural cooperatives, the percentage of women in the workforces drop to 32% and 22% respectively.

So where does that leave us? We have a growing number of qualified candidates, and yet a top 5 challenge identified by agribusiness leadership is the availability of qualified talent. How do we bridge this gap? A great place to start is for both sides to begin watching out for their biases, and working proactively to compensate for them. This simple change will help expand a talent pool that is perceived to be constrained, and increase career opportunities for members of your local community.

This article was originally published on AgCareers.com.

Treated Seed: Great for Your Field, But Bad for Your Grain Bin

As you look to purchasing treated seed this spring, please keep in mind that all of the elevators within CHS Prairie Lakes adhere to a zero tolerance policy for treated seed occurring in grain.  Anyone bringing in grain with treated seed is required to buy out all contaminated grain – with storage bins 200,000+ bushels at our elevators, this could make for an extremely costly mistake!  With this in mind, please take time to ensure all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and inspected before using it to haul grain.

Keep these tips in mind to ensure your grain remains free of treated seed:

  • When borrowing equipment, ask questions about past use. If you plan to borrow equipment to move grain, it’s important to know what the equipment has handled in the past.  Don’t forget to do your own inspection of the equipment before use, too.
  • Remember that a visual inspection is not enough. Seeds can get stuck in the smallest of spaces, and there are a number of crevices in equipment that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Pressure washing to ensure a thorough cleaning is recommended.
  • When in doubt, keep equipment separate. The best way to ensure no cross-contamination occurs is to keep separate the equipment that hauls seed and the equipment that hauls grain.

The team at CHS Prairie Lakes is here to ensure your farm is successful, from spring planting to fall harvest and every moment in between.  Contact a member of our grain team for additional information on our zero tolerance policy and what’s happening in the grain markets.  Curious about seed treatment options? Our agronomy team is here to assist in answering any seed-related questions you may have.


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Stay Warm This Winter: Propane Tank Maintenance

Some people love it, others may not, but the truth of the matter is that winter is on its way!  Stay warm this winter by keeping these tips in mind as it relates to your propane tank.

  • Keep a path from your driveway to your propane tank clear and free of snow. Failure to do so will impact our delivery team’s ability to fill your propane tank. We want to ensure you have heat all winter, but we need your help to ensure we can access it. We recommend clearing a path after each snowfall and whenever drifting occurs, to keep the path accessible for propane delivery trucks.
  • Keep your tank free from deep snow coverage. Propane tanks that are covered in deep snow are at greater risk for leaks, as the fittings, joints, and even the whole tank (with deep snowfall) can shift due to the weight of the snow.  Snow-covered tanks can also prevent any leaking gas from escaping, causing a dangerous gas build-up.  The snow also impacts how well your tank operates, as heavy cover can cause improper vaporization.  Stay safe and keep your propane system fully functioning by periodically brushing the tank off this winter.
  • Ensure safe practices when clearing snow. Keep safety top of mind around your propane tank this winter—be sure to exercise care when using heavy equipment to move snow, and use a broom (rather than a shovel) to clear snow from the tank to avoid puncturing the tank.
  • As always, if you smell gas, leave the area immediately! Avoid flames and sparks—don’t turn on light switches, and wait to use your cell phone until you are away from the area.  If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on the tank; then, report the leak, using a phone from a safe distance away from the leak.

If you have any questions regarding your propane service or are looking to lock in winter heating gallons, please give our office a call at 1-800-808-1626.


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CHS Prairie Lakes Supports Hometown Community

(L) Kellie Jo Lubitz, MAHS Agricultural Education Teacher  (R) Meghan Hinnenkamp, CHS Prairie Lakes Representative
Photo credit: Cory Larson

Starbuck, MN (November 10, 2017) – CHS Prairie Lakes announced today a $5,000 grant to Minnewaska Area High School. The funds will support the school’s applied technology and vocational area upgrade project. This project includes purchasing new computers and software for the woods & metals classrooms and renovating the welding shop to hold new welding bays and provide updated welding equipment.

“We’re proud to support this project as a way to strengthen the community and see it thrive,” says Brad Manderschied, CHS Prairie Lakes General Manager. “Projects like this are essential to enriching our rural area and the people who live here.”

In addition to the funds contributed by CHS Prairie Lakes, the contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant, which helps cooperatives grow their impact locally. Together more than $5,000 will benefit Minnewaska Area High School.

“Cooperatives were founded on the principles of education, community involvement and cooperation,” says Manderschied. “By combining resources, we are providing double the impact to our area and demonstrating the cooperative spirit.”

Minnewaska Area High School and community have been working diligently to raise funds to improve the woodworking, shop, and agricultural classrooms over the past year.  Cory Larson, MAHS 7-12 Principal, shares “These funds, in addition to those made by MAHS, the State of MN, and other local contributors, will make a huge impact in the lives of our students as well as raising student interest in applied technology coursework.”

Providing products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets with locations in the communities of Elrosa, Evansville, Glenwood, Hoffman, Long Prairie, Lowry, Park Rapids, and Starbuck, CHS Prairie Lakes is here to supply for your needs. For more on what’s new and to learn about other ways CHS Prairie Lakes gives back, visit us at www.chsprairielakes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

CHS reports fiscal year-end results, announces FY 2018 priorities

CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today reported net income of $127.9 million for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2017, compared to net income of $424.2 million for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2016. Consolidated revenues totaled $31.9 billion for fiscal 2017, approximately a five percent increase over consolidated revenues of $30.3 billion for fiscal 2016. (more…)

Gear Up For Gift Cards for Gallons

Beginning Nov. 1, end-user customers can earn one $50 VISA® gift card for every 125 gallons of qualifying Cenex® lubricants purchased through February 28, 2018.

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  • Superlube 518®
  • Qwiklift® HTB®
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  • Maxtron® DEO
  • Maxtron® THF+
  • MP Gear Lube
  • Maxtron GL
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To redeem purchases, end-user customers must complete a redemption form, attach their detailed invoice(s) and/or receipt(s), and mail the documentation as instructed no later than April 6, 2018.

Article courtesy of Cenex Fuels & Lubes

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