Anhydrous Ammonia Equipment Auction

CHS Prairie Lakes will be auctioning off various anhydrous ammonia equipment through DPA Auctions on December 15.

Sale items include the following:

  • 2 DMI tool bars
  • 13 double 1000 NH3 nurse tanks
  • 13 1459 NH3 nurse tanks
  • 2 Case IH tool bars
  • 4 running gears
  • 7 1000 NH3 nurse tanks
  • 26,000 gallon NH3 storage tank

If you’re interested in additional details and photos of these items, visit and select the “2-Day Online Auction – December 15, 2020”.

Closing Office To Outside Traffic

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, CHS Prairie Lakes will be locking our office doors to customers and outside traffic beginning Tuesday, November 17 at the following locations: Glenwood, Hoffman, Lowry and Starbuck.

During this time, employees can be reached at the main office numbers or directly on their cell phones. Here are links to our location phone numbers, agronomy sales representatives, grain marketing specialists and certified energy specialists for your reference.

Any changes to location accessibility will be updated on this page; please check back for additional information. Questions can be directed to your local CHS Prairie Lakes office.

Cleaning Bins, Bridged Grain and General Safety

Last fall, many bushels of grain went into storage in poor conditions. This increases the risk of bridging, crusting, and other grain storage dangers. Especially this year, please review the safety tips below to ensure you and your family remain safe while working with grain.

Grain bins can be dangerous places. Purdue University researchers report that bin-related injuries such as entrapments, equipment entanglements and asphyxia are on the rise – more than 60 incidents occurred in the U.S. in 2018.

Here are the top three things you can do to promote safe practices around grain bins:

  1. Review safe grain bin entry procedures. Sometimes it’s necessary to enter a grain bin but think twice before you do to avoid falling victim to the top hazards associated with grain bins.
  2. Remind those around you to stay safe. Encourage your employees, loved ones and fellow farmers to always wear safety harnesses when working around bins. Never enter a grain bin alone and turn off augers before entering a grain bin or silo.
  3. Using a fan can help move air and move any potential hazardous gas out of the bin. If the air in a bin smells like spoiled or moldy grain, that could indicate there are grain bridges or vertical grain walls that could collapse.

CHS Prairie Lakes Awards Fund to Local Communities

STARBUCK, MINNESOTA. (AUGUST 3, 2020) – CHS Prairie Lakes is proud to support our local communities and provides funds to numerous local organizations. The CHS Prairie Lakes Community Funds program is used for funding requests of $100-$1,000 and was established to provide project funding for local schools, agricultural groups, and community organizations. Each year, the Community Funds program runs quarterly, with the first application deadline occurring in October. 

Receiving funding in the amount of $1,000 are the Hoffman, Villard, and Forada Fire Departments. Each group received the funds to go towards a grain bin rescue auger to enrich safety initiatives in their communities.  

BIO Girls will have five of their locations receive funding in the amount of $500 towards programming to support their mission of improving the self-esteem of adolescent girls through empowerment and service to others. BIO Girls is a self-worth building program that combines life-skills lessons, small-group mentoring and physical activity. These five locations are located in Alexandria, Glenwood, Morris, Park Rapids, and Sauk Centre. 

The Hoffman Economic Development Authority has been awarded $500 in funding to be put towards a water fountain in Hoffman Square.  

Discovery Days Preschool in Lowry, Minnesota is selected to receive $500 to update their equipment for students. Discovery Days is a non-profit, state licensed, parent cooperative preschool that serves children ages 3, 4 and 5.  

Rounding out the recipients of $500 in funding is the Lakes Area Leaders 4-H Club. The money received will be used towards various community projects on behalf of the club.  

Receiving $325 in funding is the Long Prairie Gray Eagle School District Spanish department. This money will be used towards purchasing books for students.  

Finally, Glacial Hills Elementary School in Starbuck, Minnesota is receiving $200 that will be be used for noise cancelling headphones to accommodate students with sensory needs.  

CHS Prairie Lakes would like to congratulate all the recipients of these funds and thank organizations such as the ones listed above for the work they do in local communities. Applications to receive funds for 2020-2021 will re-open in September of this year. Please visit our website,, to access the application this fall.  

The CHS ag retail business based out of Starbuck, Minnesota delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to western Minnesota ag producers and other customers from seven locations. It is part of CHS Inc., ( a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.  

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!  

Farming and COVID-19: Put a plan in place

Republished with permission of South Dakota Corn.

Farmers had a lot on their minds heading into spring. Coming off of a flood-ravaged 2019 growing season, low grain prices and the prospect of fields being dry enough to plant were shaky.

Then they received another major kick in the teeth with the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has further battered the agricultural economy.

The pandemic raises numerous concerns as planting season nears. What steps can a farmer take to reduce the risk of COVID-19? And what happens if a farmer, family member or employee becomes ill with the virus? Do you have a contingency plan?

Farmers may feel the odds are in their favor to stay healthy because of the remote nature of their business, but being wrong can create some serious complications. Most of these issues can be avoided with a contingency plan for the farm.

Because there are so many things to think about, South Dakota Corn has worked with the National Corn Growers Association to compile a list of sound practices, safety procedures and planning recommendations that may help get through this challenging time. Here are some of those ideas.

On-farm planning

  • Schedule a brainstorming meeting with all family members and employees involved in the operation to discuss possible scenarios, solutions to potential disruptions during planting and subsequent fieldwork.
  • Develop a written continency plan. Are there neighbors who might be able to share resources and/or labor in an emergency? Who would manage for a few weeks if you or another key person is unable to leave your house or is hospitalized?
  • Make a list of immediate changes that can be implemented to lower risk on your farm.
  • Consider developing a Continuity of Business (COB) plan to keep operations running smoothly in case of any disruption. Many state departments of agriculture recommend that farms write COB plans.

Receiving deliveries

  • Identify and coordinate a drop-off location for deliveries of supplies to the farm. If possible, set this up away from on-farm high traffic areas and housing.
  • Create specific instructions for drop-off deliveries.
  • Create signs so drop-off points can be easily identified.
  • Practice distancing with delivery drivers. Maintain a distance of at least six feet and don’t shake hands.
  • Avoiding personal interaction is best.
  • Log all deliveries and on-farm entries. Utilize a visitors log for everyone entering the farm.

On-farm safety procedures

  • Minimize the exposure of outsiders. Use telephone calls, emails or texts for communications with employees or contractors who don’t live on the farm. Observe social distancing if someone visits the farm.
  • Increase sanitation of workspaces and make it part of your daily/weekly routine. Simple things like disinfecting work surfaces, countertops, computer keyboards, doorknobs, hand railings, tractor controls and monitors can make a difference.
  • Make cleaning supplies readily available, including cleaning solutions, buckets, mops and brushes to clean the shop and break areas. Place disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on equipment, in truck cabs and in high-traffic areas.
  • Stay in the house if you’re sick. If family members are sick, they should isolate themselves as much as possible. If you have off-farm employees or seasonal help, alert them that all sick employees must stay home.
  • Inform employees where they can find sanitizing materials in the shop, in the truck and in the tractor.
  • Regularly sanitize door handles, floor mats, steering wheels and other commonly contacted surfaces.

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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

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!

Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

STARBUCK, MINNESOTA, April 8, 2019 – Eligible farmer-owners of CHS Prairie Lakes, based out of Starbuck, Minnesota, shared in the recent distribution of cash patronage and equity based on business done with CHS.

“We’re extremely proud to share this important cooperative membership benefit with our customers,” said Brad Manderschied, general manager. “Delivering an economic return to them on the business they do with CHS is one more way we help our owners grow.”

This locally based retail division of CHS Inc. recorded $3,543,590 in savings for fiscal year 2018, which runs from Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018. Of those earnings, $2,556,231.75 was allocated to patronage dividends, which is shared with its eligible members based on business done in that fiscal year. That means $451,686.26 of those patronage dividends were paid out in cash to members.  

Overall, CHS Inc. will return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemption to its owners in 2019, part of the cooperative’s commitment to sharing profits with our owners and returning money to rural America where it can be reinvested in the community. More than 840 local cooperatives and 25,000 farmers share in this distribution of cash patronage and equity redemptions.

The percentage returned to owners is determined annually by the CHS Board of Directors.  

“Returning cash to our owners enables farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to invest in their own futures,” said Dan Schurr, chairman of the CHS Board.

In the past 12 years, CHS has returned about $3.5 billion to its owners in the form of cash patronage.

The Starbuck-based retail business delivers agronomy, energy, and grain products and services to Minnesota ag producers and other customers from seven locations. It is part of CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients along with financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

This document and other CHS Inc. publicly available documents contain, and CHS officers and representatives may from time to time make, “forward–looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Report Act of 1995. Forward–looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “future,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Forward–looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on CHS current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward–looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of CHS control. CHS actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward–looking statements. Important factors that could cause CHS actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements are discussed or identified in CHS public filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” discussion in Item 1A of CHS Annual Report on Form 10–K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2018. Any forward–looking statements made by CHS in this document are based only on information currently available to CHS and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. CHS undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward–looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

© 2020 CHS Inc.