Bees and Wasps: Quick Tips and Reminders

It’s that time of year again when everybody’s favorite pollinators start showing up. I’m talking about the stinger-bearing insects that we start seeing in the summer: bees and wasps. Since these insects are most abundant in the warmer months, its important to be on the look out for nests and hives that may be developing in your yard. Bees and wasps tend to make theirs homes in places like trees, roof eaves, and even on equipment such as ladder or under tank valve covers.

You can remove the hives by yourself, but it is recommended that you have a professional handle these pests. If you have the proper protection, such as a hat, gloves, or ideally a bee suit if you have one, you can spray insecticide on the hive to get rid of the pests before you take it down. This isn’t a one and done application though as it may take several applications before the bees are all gone.

If you do have bees or wasps in your yard, here are some quick tips that can help you avoid getting stung:

1. Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.

2. Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants.

3. Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. (Sweat may anger bees.)

4. Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.

5. Avoid flowering plants when possible.

6. Keep work areas clean. Social wasps thrive in places where humans discard food.

7. Remain calm and still if a single stinging insect is flying around. (Swatting at an insect may cause it to sting.)

8. If you are attacked by several stinging insects at once, run to get away from them. (Bees release a chemical when they sting, which may attract other bees.)

a. Go indoors.

b. A shaded area is better than an open area to get away from the insects.

9. If a bee comes inside your vehicle, stop the car slowly, and open all the windows.

10. Workers with a history of severe allergic reactions to insect bites or stings should consider carrying an epinephrine auto injector (EpiPen) and should wear a medical identification bracelet or necklace stating their allergy.

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but by following these tips you can make the best of the remaining summer days.

ATV Reminders and Safety

  1. Make sure your ATV ramps are designed for ATV use, properly rated for the load and are long enough to prevent an overly steep approach to the truck or trailer bed.
  2. When rolling your ATV up or down ramps, secure them to the truck with a pair of tie-downs. Without them, jerky acceleration or braking can easily cause the ramps to slip and fall off the tailgate.
  3. Secure the ATV before driving with appropriate straps or tiedowns. Every time you stop and get out of your vehicle, check to make sure your straps are tight and see if the load has shifted. keep in mind, if you’re hauling in the rain, nylon straps stretch when they get wet, so extra attention is needed if things are damp.
  4. An easy way to save the front of your bed from damage, or even worse, your rear window from being broken by your quad’s bumper, use an old tire to wedge it between the ATV before tying it forward. A simple wood box works too!
  5. Using an extra tie-down or a bungee cord over a loose seat or a set of fender could save you from a ruined day.

It’s that time of year again to stock up on Cenex® Grease that’ll make you eligible for to earn VISA® Gift Cards!

Summer is right around the corner, and the 2021 Summer Grease for Gift Cards promotion will soon kickoff to reward customers for buying Cenex® grease. From June 15 through August 14, 2021, customers can earn a $15 VISA® gift card for every 4-10 pack or 35# pail, OR a $50 VISA gift card for every 120# keg of qualifying products purchased.

Qualifying products include:
• Corn Head Grease
• HD Moly Xtreme
• Poly-Xtreme®
• Maxtron® EP
• Blue Gard® 500+™
• Molyplex 500+
• Maxtron® FS
• Red Protect XT®
• ML 365®
• Fluid Gear Grease
Once the program begins:
1. Customers will be provided a Summer Grease for Gift Cards Redemption Form at time of Cenex grease purchase.
2. Customers, or dealer on behalf of the customer, must complete the redemption form, attach the qualifying sales receipt(s) or invoices, and mail it to CHS post-marked no later than September 16, 2021.

Contact your local certified energy specialist, Hank Weniger, with any questions via email at or phone at 320-429-5064.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

The 2020-2021 school year will always be one that students will remember as they had to face many challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CHS Prairie Lakes takes pride in supporting students achieve their goals and we are pleased to announce that we were able to award two scholarships to high school seniors this year.

The CHS Prairie Lakes scholarship committee chose two applicants who projected profound scholastic achievement, a keen work ethic, and a sage vision for the future of agriculture. Applicants had to submit various short answer questions about their leadership experiences and their school involvement. They were also required to write a short essay about why agriculture is important to them, our community, and the world.

This year’s recipients of the CHS Prairie Lakes scholarship are Jayden Hensley and Kristy Kollman. Jayden plans to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead to pursue a degree in Business Administration and Kristy will be studying Animal Science at North Dakota State University. Congratulations to these two wonderful young women! We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Meet Our 2021 Summer Interns

Ben is currently attending the University of Minnesota – Crookston majoring in Agricultural Business and Agronomy with a minor in Finance. He was born and raised on a corn and soybean farm south of Staples, MN and that is where he found his love and enjoyment for agriculture. After his graduation, Ben plans to begin working at a rural cooperative in the Midwest, beginning as an agronomist and hopes to eventually transition into the operations and business sectors of the cooperative. Ben hopes to one day begin his own private agronomy and ag business operation. Alongside this, he had found an interest in fabrication so starting a hobby with that is something of interest to him as well.

Ben is excited for the opportunities this internship will offer him and for the knowledge that will assist with his career objectives.

Karmen Sperr grew up in Donnelly, MN on her family’s farm where they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat and they also raise pigs. Karmen graduated from Morris Area in High School in 2020 where she was actively involved in FFA. She was also very involved in the Stevens County 4-H program for 13 years. FFA and 4-H are really what drove her passion for agriculture and her decision to major in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership with a minor in Animal Science at South Dakota State University. In college, Karmen is involved in the Sigma Alpha Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Swine Club, Prexy Council, Little International, Student’s Association Senate, and the CAFES Ambassador Program. Karmen enjoys many aspects of the ag industry and hopes to one day be an advocate for the industry by working for a commodity group in the Midwest.

Karmen is very excited for her internship this summer and she is excited to see what she can learn in her experiences to strengthen her knowledge about the ag industry.

Consolidation Announcement

As CHS continues to strategically align our cooperative, we are advancing an integrated, enterprise product line and supply chain to bring one consistent approach to our customers and farmer-owners. To accomplish this, the producer boards and management teams of CHS Prairie Lakes and CHS based in Herman, Minnesota have made the decision to consolidate the two business units within CHS.

The two CHS business units have complimentary locations and other operational efficiencies and jointly leveraging our business, assets, products and services will create value for our owners while improving services and offerings to better serve customers. The energy teams began working together this year and have discovered significant opportunities for growth and improved customer service through this partnership. We look forward to scaling that success to other core areas.

Tentative plan is to finalize consolidation by fiscal year end on Aug. 31, 2021. Carl Younce, interim general manager of CHS Prairie Lakes, will continue through the end of May. At that time, Jerry Kramer, current general manager of CHS in Herman, will take over management responsibilities for both business units and serve as the general manager of the combined business. Our goal is to determine the rest of the senior leadership team for the new consolidated business unit by the end of fiscal year 2021.

This consolidation allows us to deliver on Country Operations strategy by streamlining our services and offerings while capitalizing on economies of scale and more efficient use of assets and resources across the expanded geographical territory.

As our customers and owners, you should see little change in how you interact with CHS on a day-to-day business as we will be offering all the same products and services you expect and need from us.

Our focus continues to be on delivering solutions to you that make it easy, helpful and rewarding to do business with CHS.

Thank you for your support,
Brian Jergenson, Chair, CHS Prairie Lakes & Steven Deal, Chair, CHS based in Herman, Minnesota

© 2021 CHS Inc.