Posts By: Meghan Hinnenkamp

Working Safely in Hot Weather

Working in the ag industry, many members of our team are frequently outside in the summer months, as are many of our farmers. The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat. If you work outside you may be at increased risk for heat-related illness. So, take precautions. Here’s how:

  • Drink small amounts of water frequently  
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing—cotton is good  
  • Take frequent short breaks in cool shade  
  • Eat smaller meals before work activity  
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol or large amounts of sugar  
  • Work in the shade  
  • Find out from your health care provider if your medications and heat don’t mix  
  • Know that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress  

If you’re working outdoors, make sure you are protecting yourself by blocking those harmful UV rays as well:  

  • Cover up. Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. Try this test: Place your hand between a single layer of the clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.  
  • Use sunscreen  
  • Wear a hat  
  • Wear UV-absorbent shades  
  • Limit exposure 

Grain Outlook Broadcast

In light of current conditions with COVID-19 and the inability to have in-person meetings they way we’d like, CHS wants to bring market information to you in a different way. At 10am CST on Tuesday, July 14, Chris Stringer (Corn) and Justin Friesz (Soybeans) will be sharing their perspective on the current markets, the July report, and more.

These sessions will be held on Skype Broadcast. Skype is a web-based meeting so it’s very user friendly for you to join in using your computer, tablet, or phone.

Please note that there is a login step for webinar participants, so please login before the webinar begins.

Corn and Beans (10 a.m. Central) : Please click here to enter your name and location information shortly before the webinar starts.

The links will become active 15 minutes prior to the start. To allow time for the registration process, we ask that you plan to register at least five minutes before the webinars start. 

Corn and Beans link:

We hope you can join us for this Grain Outlook Forecast and reach out to our CHS Grain Origination team with any questions.

CHS Awards $10,000 Grant to Support West Central Area Agriculture Program

Agricultural education is all about hands-on learning, and through a donation from CHS, students at West Central Area High School will have an even greater opportunity for those important hands-on experiences in horticulture, agronomy and other plant-based classes.

The school’s agriculture program received a $10,000 grant from CHS Prairie Lakes to support the building of a school greenhouse. The greenhouse will be used to enhance current course offerings, with students able to experience year-round plant growth. Currently, the classes rely on what can be grown during the May to September growing season, which limits what students are able to learn during the school year.

Eric Sawatzke, agriculture instructor, is excited to develop a fully modernized hands-on plant science curriculum and facilities for West Central Area Schools.

“Not only will this be a highly educational space for students enrolled in Agricultural Education, but it will also provide a year round source of vegetables that will be useful for Family and Consumer Science classes, food service, and donations to the Grant County and Hoffman Food Shelves,” says Sawatzke. “A one time donation of this kind will provide decades of stable, nutritious food for the communities that make up the West Central Area School District and beyond.”

CHS is committed to supporting the development of youth agricultural education and has dedicated money to fund projects in safety and ag leadership through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.

“CHS Prairie Lakes has a strong history of supporting our local communities through our donation programs,” says Brad Manderschied, general manager, CHS Prairie Lakes. “We’re proud to be able to support this initiative. I look forward to students gaining exposure to agronomy through these course offerings, which tie into many careers we offer locally, including right at our Hoffman agronomy center.”

Since 2019, CHS retail locations have awarded more than $270,000 in matching funds through the program.

Propane Rebate Program

If you’re looking to replace any appliances, did you know Minnesota residents can get a rebate if you switch to propane for your water heater, furnace, boiler, or garage heaters? These rebates are available through Minnesota Propane Association. You must work through CHS Prairie Lakes when buying your new propane appliances for these rebates, so contact a member of our energy team to learn more before you make your next appliance purchase!  

See additional information on the Minnesota Propane Rebate Program here.

ATV Safety This Season

ATVs are different than other vehicles, as well from one another. Make sure you know the unique operating procedures for the ATV you are riding. Remember to be cautious and to know the limitations of both your skill and the equipment. Serious injury can result from improper use of these machines.

Below are key points to inspecting and operating your ATV safely:
Inspect Before You Ride
– Tires and wheels
– Controls and cables
– Lights and electrical
– Oil and fuel

Reading Terrain
– Know the land you are riding on and the limitations of your machine
– Stay away from dangerous terrain, such as steep slopes, swamps, or tall grasses
– When dismounting the ATV, watch carefully for mud, holes, ruts, or other obstacles that could trip you up

Proper Speed
– Always look ahead and choose a speed that is proper for the terrain, visibility, operating conditions, and your experience.
– Pick the safest paths of travel around or over hazards.
– Adjust your speed well in advance when approaching a hazard.

Travel Safely Up and Down Hills
– Some hills are just too steep for your ATV – if the hill you are approaching looks too steep, it probably is.
– When approaching an uphill climb, move up on the seat and lean forward.
– Do not attempt to ride backward down a hill – should you begin rolling backward, do not apply the rear break abruptly.

Agellum™: A Winning Game Plan

Agellum™ — a full-farm planning and management solution from CHS — integrates, aggregates, and activates your farm’s unique data from machinery, apps, equipment, and more. Agellum empowers better agronomic and economic decisions through planning, analysis, and collaboration.

Just like every smart coach has a detailed playbook, Agellum includes a robust farm planning tool that helps to extend your farm’s winning streak. Follow along below as we compare using Agellum to executing a winning football game and how to use Agellum to have a winning growing season not only this year, but for years to come.


Just like any good football coach, success on your farm doesn’t start at kickoff. You’ve been preparing for this growing season all year long – and Agellum’s all-in-one farm plan will help you easily manage your growing season playbook. Work with your local CHS Prairie Lakes Agronomy Sales Team to get your game plan ready today and into the next season.

Planting & the Early Growing Season

You made your game plan in Agellum, figuring out what works best in your field, and ran some plays through the first half of the growing season. Now that it’s halftime, it’s time to go back and review those plays to ensure the most successful second half possible. Review your early growing season in Agellum and work with your local team at CHS Prairie Lakes to make some adjustments to your farm plan to finish the game strong!

Late Growing Season

Worried about your crops falling behind in the second half? Navigate the rest of this growing season using Agellum features such as geo-specific scouting notes, soil sampling points and in-season imagery to make sure you are striving for the crop’s full potential.  Proper planning and data management will make this third quarter one to remember!

Harvest & Growing Season Review

In the fourth quarter, you need that extra boost to finish strong and come out on top. Look no further than Agellum to manage your risks, plan for the finish, and monitor what solutions and tools have worked throughout the game to add to your farm’s winning record! After the game, don’t forget to update your records to ensure the most accurate break-evens get reflected for each of your fields.

Are you ready to be a champion this season? With a variety of actionable tools and features, Agellum brings your data to life and takes your operation to the next level, all season long. Contact your local CHS agronomy sales representative or CHS Yieldpoint® Specialist for more information about how Agellum can fit on your acres.

CHS Level Best®: A True Innovation

CHS Level Best® is an innovative product that dramatically improves post-emergence herbicide effectiveness. A top performing nonionic surfactant, this product helps your herbicide perform at its “Level Best.”  

  • CHS Level Best® is a superior deposition aid that that improves uniform coverage, adhesion, and penetration of the active ingredient into crops. 
  • CHS Level Best® is formulated with an AMS-FREE water conditioner that helps to prevent the loss of active ingredient efficacy that can occur when the mixing water is mineral saturated or of unknown quality. 
  • CHS Level Best® is recommended for use with a broad range of crops and non-crops when tank mixing active ingredients like glyphosate, 2,4-D and dicamba. 
  • CHS Level Best® includes a defoamer for easier mixing that is formulated for increased performance, significantly improves uptake, translocation, and efficacy of your herbicide, and is easy-to-use at a low rate.  

Interested in learning more about CHS Level Best®? Read more about the product CHS Level Best and contact your Agronomy Sales Representative to determine how this product can benefit your fields and farming operation!  

Meet the 2020 Prairie Lakes Interns

Even amidst new working circumstances over these past few months, CHS Prairie Lakes is excited to introduce 5 new interns for this summer! These interns will be working out of different locations in our business unit, and are excited to learn and develop new skills over the summer. We wish them all the best over the next few months and hope they learn a lot to utilize in their future careers!

Consider Summer Grid Sampling

Brock Zenzen, CHS YieldPoint® Specialist, samples soil from one of our field locations

Why pack extra activity into your busy fall schedule when you don’t have to? Consider summer soil sampling! 

  • Knowing your soil sampling results in the summer versus fall allows you additional time to make informed plans for your 2021 crop.  
  • Get ahead of soil deficiencies! Cross-reference summer soil results and fall yield to improve fertility plans.  
  • We all know how unpredictable Mother Nature can make fall harvest. Create additional control with summer soil sampling to streamline your fall fieldwork. No more waiting for sampling to be completed before fall tillage!   

Contact your local CHS Agronomy Sales Representative or a member of our CHS YieldPoint® team for additional information and to book your sampling today.  

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