B20 Workshop Series

B20 Workshop Series

Were you aware that beginning May 1, 2018, the minimum biodiesel requirement in Minnesota’s No. 2 diesel fuel increases to 20 percent during warm weather months?  Industry partners are hosting informational seminars in Minnesota to provide additional information on this change.  As this is a change that will impact our AFD and fuel customers, we encourage you to attend a seminar if you are able to learn more about how this will impact you.

Topics include:

  • History and overview of the law
  • Compliance
  • Diesel & biodiesel basics
  • Storage, handling, and use best practices
  • Blending in spring and fall
  • Identifying, treating and preventing common diesel issues

 

Speakers include individuals from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Weights & Measures Division, and MEG Corp Fuel Consulting.

Below are the upcoming event dates and locations.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to 952-473-0044 or Jennifer@megcorpmn.comAs always, contact your CHS energy department with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 5

Mankato – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Courtyard by Marriot Event Center: 901 Raintree Road

 

Tuesday, March 6

Worthington – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Worthington Event Center: 1447 Prairie Drive

 

Marshall – 2:30PM to 4:30PM

AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 1406 E. Lyon St

 

Wednesday, March 7

Willmar – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

American Legion: 220 19th Ave SW

 

Tuesday, March 13

Alexandria – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Holiday Inn: 5637 Highway 29 South

 

Wednesday, March 14

Moorhead – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Courtyard by Marriott: 1080 28th Avenue South

 

Tuesday, March 20

Winona – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

The Plaza Hotel & Suites: 1025 Highway 61 E

 

Wednesday, March 21

Rochester – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Hampton Inn & Suites: 2870 59th Street NW

 

Albert Lea – 2:30PM to 4:30PM

Leo Carey American Legion Post 56: 142 N Broadway Ave

 

Thursday, March 22

St. Cloud – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Courtyard by Marriott: 404 W St Germain St

Making Your Plan for 2018 Crop Insurance

By Philip Zimpel, CHS Insurance Agent

 

As you likely know, February is a key month for crop insurance, as we determine the spring base price that will be the price used for multi-peril crop insurance base guarantees.  The discovery period is the average of the daily ending values in the month of February.  For spring wheat, the base price is the average of September ending futures on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.  For soybeans, the base price is the average November ending futures on the CBOT.  For corn, the base price is the average of December ending futures on the COBT.  As of February 16, the projected price for wheat is $6.32, soybeans $10.08, and corn $3.94.  The March 15th crop insurance enrollment deadline is coming up soon, so don’t delay on making your crop insurance choices for 2018.  For more information on obtaining crop insurance through CHS Insurance, please give me a call at 218-686-5856.

White Mold Management Practices

By Tom Schneider, CHS Agronomy Sales Representative

Last year, a number of areas within our trade territory had the ideal conditions for white mold, with wet and humid weather conditions.  If you’re wondering how to reduce your risk of white mold, keep the below tips in mind as you make your plans for 2018.

  • Identify which fields you saw white mold in last year and the year prior. Sclerotia, the fungus that causes white mold, can survive in soybean residue and in the soil, making it important to note where it has existed in the past.
  • Give consideration to your crop rotation. If white mold is a big issue on specific acres, consider giving an extra year before you plant soybeans on those acres again.
  • Make your soybean selection carefully. Choose a bean with a higher white mold tolerance, or look for a plant that growers taller with less foliage to trap in moisture.
  • Plant in wider rows. Greater row spacing allows for more air movement between the plants, decreasing the environment that white mold thrives in.
  • Consider fungicide or herbicide applications, as appropriate.

Concerned about the potential for white mold on your acres in 2018?  Curious what seed options there are to help set your field up on the right foot?  Contact your Agronomy Sales Representative for additional information.

Winds of change in China

global agriculture

By Joe Lardy, research manager, CHS Hedging

China has had a long-standing policy to be self-sufficient in key food source production, including rice, wheat and corn. In 2004, the Chinese government made historic adjustments to its agriculture policy when it eliminated taxes on agriculture and created a new system of subsidies for key commodities. The subsidies supported seed and machinery purchases and resulted in improved infrastructure.

This set the stage for a huge buildup of acreage devoted to corn production. (more…)

3 Reasons to Complete a Farm Plan

Are you taking full advantage of the downtime between harvest and planting?  This time of the year, our agronomy team is busy working on farm plans for spring 2018.  If you haven’t completed your 2018 farm plan, here are a few reasons you should:

  • Farm plans provide you with a good idea of your input expenses, which is helpful in securing any needed funding for the upcoming planting year.
  • Creating a plan now and thinking through each of your fields makes spring go smoother. By knowing what crop you are planting where and what fertility, seed, and crop protection needs you may have on each field, you will be able to better plan for and respond to the rush of spring planting.
  • It allows us to better serve you. Knowing what products and services you will need for the upcoming year lets us ensure we are adequately prepared, having the appropriate products and adequate staff to serve you.

Talk to your personal Agronomy Sales Representative or a member of our agronomy staff to learn more about the farm planning process and to start your plan today!

Minnewaska Area Elementary School Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Photo: Jean Barkeim, Minnewaska Area Elementary School Teacher

 

Starbuck, Minn, Minnewaska Area Elementary School was awarded an Elementary/Secondary grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Jean Barkeim, elementary school teacher, to receive a $500 grant to purchase Matific, an iPad math program, and hands-on math manipulatives for the second grade classes.  There are 84 students in the second grade at Minnewaska, and the funding was used to support all students in further developing their math skills.  Barkeim shares that “the Matific program offers student an engaging way to master their math concepts that are aligned with the classroom curriculum”.

Applying schools and local community organizations are asked to state their plans for the grant money, supply general information about the project and purpose of the request, along with specific financial needs and projected outcomes. Applications for grant funding are available online at www.chsprairielakes.com.

Providing products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets with locations in the communities of Elrosa, 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 $180.1 million first quarter earnings for fiscal 2018

CHS President and CEO, Jay Debertin

CHS reported net income of $180.1 million for the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year (three-month period ended Nov. 30, 2017), compared to net income of $209.2 million for the same period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $8.0 billion, the same as fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $199.6 million and $225.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively.

“Despite challenging market conditions, CHS experienced a solid first quarter thanks to our continued focus on three key priorities: strengthening relationships, sharpening operational excellence and restoring financial flexibility,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Debertin. “In the first quarter, we recorded solid earnings from our businesses and reduced long-term debt. These actions are helping to strengthen and grow CHS.”

(more…)

Calling for 2018 National Ag Day Essay entries

National Ag Day LogoHigh school students across the United States are encouraged to share their views about agriculture’s role in a growing world through the 2018 National Ag Day Essay Contest.

The contest deadline is January 31. This year’s theme is “How Will Agriculture Feed the World?” The contest, organized through Agriculture Council of America (ACA), is divided into two categories: the written essay contest and the video essay contest. Both are national competitions and there will be one winner for each category. (more…)

Minnewaska Area Day Treatment Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

 

Photo: Steve Gorder, CHS Prairie Lakes Energy Manager & Nicole Meissner, Minnewaska Area Day Treatment Education Coordinator

 

Starbuck, Minn, Minnewaska Area Day Treatment was awarded an Elementary/Secondary grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Nicole Meissner, education coordinator, to receive a $200 grant to purchase Breakout EDU, an immersive learning game platform that allows for the facilitation of games utilizing teamwork and critical thinking skills. The kits have games for all ages and content areas and allow students to utilize skills learned in their mental health programs and implement into the classroom.

Applying schools and local community organizations are asked to state their plans for the grant money, supply general information about the project and purpose of the request, along with specific financial needs and projected outcomes. Applications for grant funding are available online at www.chsprairielakes.com.

© 2018 CHS Inc.