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Cenex® Premium Diesel Winter Additives

The harsh, bitter cold winter is upon us and it is going to be a long one. To help keep equipment going strong, during these brutal temperatures, you need to be using Cenex® winterized premium diesel fuels. All Cenex winter premium diesel fuels come preblended with special additives to help engines operate at their peak during these cold temperatures. 

Let’s discuss the winter fuel additives found in Cenex® premium diesel fuels; wax crystal modifiers, de-icers and wax anti-settling agents. Each one has their own importance but when they are combined, they optimize power and engine performance to minimize costly downtime.

Wax crystal modifiers
Wax crystal modifiers change the size and shape of wax crystals, from flat to pin-like structures, preventing them from bonding together. Wax crystals stay small enough to flow through the fuel filter. They create a porous wax cake on the fuel filter, allowing continued fuel flow until the engine heats up.

De-icers dramatically lower the point at which any water in the fuel system freezes. This helps reduce moisture related problems.

Wax anti-settling agents
Wax anti-settling agents reduce the settling of wax crystals in vehicle tanks and above-ground storage tanks, which clog filters and other fuel system components.

Cenex winterized premium diesel fuels are an investment that pay for itself with cold-weather protection, fuel efficient starts, a smoother running engine and proven power. The most important difference is the one you’ll see on the bottom line. Keep your equipment operating all year long, contact your Cenex Representative to learn more about the line-up of Cenex winterized premium diesel fuels.

Article courtesy of Cenex.

The Importance of Premium Quality Tractor Hydraulic Fluids

Today’s agricultural equipment is expected to work harder than ever before—covering more acreage and running for longer hours to get the job done. With the amount of stress equipment must handle, a high-quality lubricant is crucial for protecting metal components from extreme field conditions. 

Using a premium quality tractor hydraulic fluid (THF), provides users with the peace of mind that their equipment is protected from the beginning of harvest to the end. But what does the term “premium” really mean?


Cenex® Gift Cards for Gallons Starts November 1

Starting November 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020, end-user customers can earn one $50 VISA® gift card for every 125 gallons of lubricant and grease products purchased.

Eligible lubricant products include:

  • Irriflex®
  • Maxtron® DEO
  • Maxtron® Enviro-EDGE®
  • Maxtron® GL
  • Maxtron® THF+
  • MP Gear Lube
  • Qwiklift® HTB®
  • Superlube 518®
  • Superlube TMS®

Eligible grease products include:

  • Corn Head Grease
  • HD Moly Xtreme
  • Poly-Xtreme®
  • Maxtron® EP
  • Blue Gard® 500+™
  • Fluid Gear Grease
  • Molyplex 500+
  • ML 365®
  • Red Protect XT®
  • Maxtron® FS

If you are enrolled in another program, you are ineligible for Gift Cards for Gallons. Other restrictions may apply; contact Harold Weniger, Certified Energy Specialist, for additional information.

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.

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

Grain Market Update: May 28, 2019

By Tim Guza, CHS Prairie Lakes Grain Department Manager

The past couple of weeks, we have been seeing quite a bit of pricing opportunities in the markets.

Weather has been a significant player this planting season. The rain keeps falling and the US is only about 60% planted with corn. Later today (May 28) we will see the actual numbers. We are also wondering what will go to preventive planting versus what will get planted and be eligible for the MFP (Market Facilitation Payment).

With the current rally in the corn, basis has backed off 18 cents.  We do not have a lot of business on for July and beyond so it may become more difficult to find homes for corn.  This will keep pressure on the basis.  Another interesting thing that has happened since the corn market rallied is the December to July spread has narrowed 23 cents.  We currently see all the carry in the market to be between the December and March. 

With the current market situation, it is important to stay in tune with your marketing plan so opportunities are not missed. Keep our CHS Prairie Lakes grain team in mind for all your marketing needs.

This material has been prepared by a sales or trading employee or agent of CHS Hedging, LLC. and should be considered a solicitation.  This communication may contain privileged and/or confidential information and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed.  If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized dissemination, distribution, and/or use of this communication is strictly prohibited.  CHS Hedging, LLC. makes no representation or warranty regarding the correctness of any information contained herein, or the appropriateness of any transaction for any person.  There is a risk of loss when trading commodity futures and options.

Use Three Points of Contact When Climbing Ladders

Safety for our staff and member-owners is of the utmost importance to the team at CHS Prairie Lakes. Read below to learn more about how to safely climb ladders and up equipment.

Three Points of Contact

The safest way to mount and dismount vehicles, equipment, and ladders is to maintain three points of constant contact. That means one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot – at all times. Anything less and you’re risking a fall. 

Proper form for climbing up equipment.

Tips for Using the THREE POINT System:
– Always face towards the equipment.
– Get a firm grip on the rails or handles.
– Look for obstacles on the ground before exiting.
– Mount and dismount when the equipment is stopped.
– Break the three-point contact only when you reach the ground, cab, or platform.
– Slow down and take extra care in wet, snowy, or icy weather.
– Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.
– Wear shoes with good support.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:
– Never jump – you may land off balance or on an uneven surface and fall.
– Don’t climb down with something in your free hand – put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get to the ground.
– Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
– Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.

See this and other seasonally-relevant safety tips on our website!

Hubbard County 4-H Riders Horse Project Receives Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Front row left to right: Maddyson Brakke, Pasleigh Brakke, Ana Etzler, Jordan Koebernick, Addison Cestnik, Adison Weiss, Janis Lappinga, Joelle Blanchard
Back row left to right: Katie Kamphaus, April Snook, Ava Etzler, Holly Packman, Rylee Belina, Ellie Rotari

Starbuck, Minn, Hubbard County 4-H (4-H Riders Horse Project)was awarded an Agricultural Education grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Hubbard County 4-H to receive a $400 grant to help maintain the safety of their youth riders and horses. Funds will be used to improve arena footing and purchase equipment to maintain the arena. 4-H Riders Horse Project is dedicated to training, working together, and teaching in a safe environment.

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

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.

Meet Our 2019 Interns

Get to know members of our 2019 summer intern team below! The group started mid-May and will be with us until August, where all are returning to college to pursue a degree in their selected fields. We wish them all the best this summer and hope they learn a lot to utilize in their future careers!

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