CHS Prairie Lakes supports hometown community

Pictured, left to right: Steve Gorder, CHS Prairie Lakes Energy Manager; Jerry Moore; Brad Manderschied, CHS Prairie Lakes General Manager; Paul Hippe; Todd Johnshoy, Fire Chief; Doug Noyes; Scott Ogdahl

Starbuck, MN (September 5, 2019) – CHS Prairie Lakes announced today a $10,000 grant to Starbuck Fire Department. The funds will help replace the fire department’s wildland fire protective clothing, which is used during the spring, summer and fall months to fight grass fires. 

“As a former fire chief of the Starbuck Fire Department, I understand the need for this lighter weight protective gear,” says Steve Gorder, CHS Prairie Lakes Energy Manager.  “Traversing the rough terrain encountered wildland fires is a challenge, and regular gear is too heavy and cumbersome in those situations.  I’m proud that CHS and CHS Prairie Lakes are funding this initiative and supporting our local fire department.”

Of the $10,000 grant, half is contributed by CHS Prairie Lakes. That contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant, which helps cooperatives grow their impact locally. Jointly, $10,000 will benefit the Starbuck Fire Department.

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

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 the company and to learn about other ways CHS Prairie Lakes gives back, visit

Hearts & Hands Food Shelf Received Donation from CHS Prairie Lakes

Amy Perreault, CHS Prairie Lakes Community Funds Administrator & Shirley Zempke Hearts and Hands Food Shelf Coordinator

Starbuck, Minn, Hearts & Hands Food Shelf received a donation of $882.00 from CHS Prairie Lakes. Back in March, each CHS Prairie Lakes location did a fundraiser to raise money and collect non-perishable food items to support the company’s Harvest for Hunger program. The funds and food were donated to our local food shelves to support our local community.

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, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

New app puts CHS activity at your fingertips

farmer loggin in to MyCHS

Time. We never seem to have enough of it.  And every new tech tool seems to just add another online destination with a singular purpose. But not for CHS patrons. With a simple single sign-on, producers can see their CHS business activity all in one place, even if they have multiple accounts. Contracts, bookings, prepays, scale tickets, payment history and more for agronomy, energy, grain and seed business can be viewed, sorted – even downloaded – from anywhere, anytime. All from one, web-based app: MyCHS.

The biggest advantage? Saving time. CHS transactions are a touch away – whether in front of a laptop in a farm office, on a tablet in the field or on a phone in the tractor cab.

“I can customize what I can see,” says Lucas Goodwin, Minnesota farmer and MyCHS user. “Filtering is easy. And navigating between all the separate components, like the contracts and the settlements, is logical and quick.”

Lucas was among a group of CHS customers picked to give app feedback in small focus groups and then as a beta user, comparing the new MyCHS with the former Customer Resources tool. Getting customer feedback early and ongoing during the development process was critical to making sure the web-based app fit the way today’s farmer wants to use technology.

“It’s a nice upgrade,” he concludes of MyCHS. He was a user of the former application. The recent upgrade provides all producers doing business with CHS with the data they need to make timely, information-rich decisions.

“Our CHS producers have continued to advance and look for ways to become the best they can be in some of the toughest markets they’ve experienced,” says Megan Schmit, director, Grain Procurement for CHS Country Operations division. “Even our producers who may not have called themselves tech savvy are using more and more tools to better their operation and MyCHS is giving them access to their total business with us, not just grain.”

Megan was part of the CHS team helping connect with farmers and finding out what would serve their information needs.

“I’m excited that we’re not stopping here,” she adds. “We’re going to continually take feedback from our producers and employees to keep improving and enhancing this tool for years to come.”

MyCHS is a free web-based app, available to any farmer or rancher doing business with CHS. It’s easy to register here and start seeing what MyCHS can do to help you.

Grain Bins for Sale by Sealed Bid

No sale at this time. Check back over the winter months for additional information.

CHS Inc., through its CHS Prairie Lakes office (“CHS”), is offering grain storage bins and miscellaneous grain handling equipment located in Starbuck, Minnesota, for sale by sealed bid. This sale consists of the following:

One 15,000 bushel bin
Three 30,000 bushel bins
One 50,000 bushel bin
One 100,000 bushel bin
One 1,200 bushel holding bin
Two 1,000 bushel hopper bins
One 3,500 bushel hopper bin
Two 2,400 bushel overhead bins
Misc. conveyors, spouting, legs
One 400 square foot scale room with electrical panels
All bins and miscellaneous equipment are collectively referred to as the “Equipment”. All bushel capacities and measurements are approximate. No real estate is included in this sale. Prospective Buyer(s) may bid on one or more items of Equipment.

Bidding Process: Sealed bids with a cashiers’ check equaling 10% of the bid must be received no later than 4 pm, July 30, 2019. Bids may be mailed or delivered to 524 Pope Street, P.O. Box 580, Starbuck, MN 56381. All bids should include the name, address and phone number of the entity placing the bid.
Checks will be returned to unsuccessful bidders within five (5) days after the successful bid is determined.

Terms of Sale:
• CHS is offering the Equipment for sale “AS IS, WHERE IS” on a cash only basis.
• The Equipment would be conveyed by Bill of Sale.
• Buyer would be responsible for all costs to remove the Equipment from CHS’ property. In addition to the purchase price, Buyer would deposit 10% of the purchase price with CHS to secure performance of the removal and clean up of the Equipment, which Security Deposit would be returned upon the removal and cleanup of the Equipment to CHS’ satisfaction.
• Sales tax would apply to all Equipment. If Buyer is tax exempt, Buyer must produce a properly completed exemption certificate. An ag exemption would not apply to the scale room.
• Buyer must carry comprehensive general liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence naming CHS Inc. as additional insured.
• The overhead equipment, including legs, conveyors and spouting, must be removed from CHS’ property on or before August 20, 2019. The bins and building must be removed from CHS’ property on or before September 20, 2019.
•CHS reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

For questions, call Brad Manderschied at 320-239-2226 or Tim Guza at 320-634-3028. A copy of the purchase agreement is available for review by perspective bidders upon request. Sample purchase contract available by request. Additional details found here:

Send sealed bids with bidder’s return address and phone number to:
CHS Inc.
Attn: Sealed Bid
524 Pope Street
P.O. Box 580
Starbuck, MN 56381

CHS reports $54.6 million of net income for third quarter of fiscal 2019

Company reports net income of $650.9 million for first nine months of fiscal year

CHS Inc. today announced its financial results for the third quarter and the first nine months of fiscal year 2019.

CHS reported:

  • Net income of $54.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $181.8 million for the restated third quarter of fiscal 2018. One-time pre-tax gains of $124.1 million in the restated third quarter of fiscal year 2018 were not realized in the same time period in fiscal 2019. One-time pre-tax gains of $19.2 million related to the purchase of the remaining 75 percent share of West Central Distribution, LLC were realized in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Consolidated revenues of $8.5 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $9.1 billion for the restated third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Net income of $650.9 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 compared to $535.5 million for the restated first nine months of fiscal 2018, an increase of 21.5 percent.

Top way to keep water out of your diesel

By Steve Hinds, Senior Business Development Manager, CHS Refined Fuels Marketing from the Cenexperts blog

diesel powered tractor in a corn field

Incompatible people are often said to mix like oil and water. But if you really want to talk about an unfortunate combination, look no further than fuel and water. Water in a machine’s fuel line can be a one-way ticket to trouble.

The good news about water damage is it’s preventable. Here’s what you need to know about diesel fuel water contamination and how to keep it from sinking your operation.


Holiday Hours

CHS Prairie Lakes offices will hold holiday hours over the Independence Day holiday.

July 4: All locations closed.

July 5: Offices will be closed. Grain and energy will be off, with the exception of Tim Guza, who will be in the office during trading hours. Agronomy hours will vary, so please call your local office for more details.

Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day holiday, and be on the lookout for corn that hits ‘knee-high by the fourth of July’!

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