Center for 4-H Youth Development Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Photo:  Brian McNeill, 4-H Youth Development &, Amy Perreault, Community Funds Administrator

Starbuck, Minn, Center for 4-H Youth Development was awarded an Agricultural Education Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Brian McNeill, Extension Educator, to receive a $400 grant to help support the 4-H Crop Scouting Event. This event helps to get youth connected with agriculture and potential careers in agronomy.

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 www.chsprairielakes.com.

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 www.chsprairielakes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Think Ahead for Your Energy Needs

Here are a few notes from Certified Energy Specialist Harold (Hank) Weniger to keep in mind during this busy spring season:

Dryer Gas
Right now, dryer gas is at a good contract price. If you think you will need some this fall and would like to discuss pricing, our team can help.

Fall Fuel
Currently, our September – November contract is only 8-10 cents higher than today’s prices, making it a great time to consider a contract.

Auto Gold 5W-20
While supplies last, this product is available at $2.52/quart. Very limited quantity available, so act fast if you are interested.

If you’d like to discuss any of the items listed above, or have other energy needs, contact Harold at (c) 320-429-5064, (o) 320-239-2226, or (e) harold.weniger@chsinc.com.

Check for underground utilities before digging

Whether your spring to-do list includes building a fence or planting trees – breaking ground should always be done with caution. April is National Safe Digging Month so remember, your best line of defense before digging is to call 811, a free service that marks underground utilities and pipelines. Many of these are less than a foot underground. 

The process is simple: Call 811 or visit clickbeforeyoudig.com three days before a digging project, wait for underground utilities to be marked and don’t dig within two feet of those markers.  

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It’s best to call 811 any time you break ground, even if you think you know where a utility line is located. “In the U.S., an underground utility is hit every nine minutes, causing dangerous consequences,” says Tina Beach, public awareness specialist for CHS. “It takes a lifetime to build a farm, and it takes just one free call to keep it safe.”  

3 equipment tips to get the most out of a short planting season

Planting Equipment Tips

By Mimi Falkman, senior marketing specialist, CHS Lubricants

Planting season is always a busy time of year on the farm, but it can be especially tight when winter overstays its welcome. A short spring means there’s even less time than usual for farmers to complete some of the most important work of the year.

During a condensed planting season, equipment is under added stress because it needs to work overtime to meet demands. To keep machines protected and operating at peak performance during a shorter spring, farmers can set themselves up for success by preparing their equipment and fluids while the fields are still wet.

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CHS Lumen: Premium Starter Fertilizer

By Andy Clauson, CHS Key Agronomy Specialist

I’d like to introduce CHS Lumen as our newest premium starter fertilizer.  CHS Lumen brings the ideal nutrient ratios to in furrow technology.  With the ideal ratio of N: P being 1:3, CHS Lumen has an analysis of 5-15-3-0.1 Fe- 0.8 Zn.  Along with that ideal ratio of nutrients, CHS has also added in our patent pending Ortho-Ortho EDDHA chelate to make nutrients in the soil like phosphorus and zinc more available to the plant.  The combination of these nutrients and chelate is nothing new to the marketplace, but what makes CHS Lumen unique is the addition of the Hemicellulase enzyme.  Unlike adding microbial products to the tank which can be inconsistent and temperature dependent, the Hemicellulase enzyme is active at all temperatures above freezing.  This enzyme helps make nutrients more available to the plant as well as converting organic matter into simple sugars to kick start the microbial activity in the soil.  Standard use rates in corn and sugar beets are 3 gals/A, in soybeans 1.5 gal/A, and in potatoes 3-5 gals/A.  This is a low salt, seed safe product, but I would recommend mixing some water to get a mix of 5 gal/A or more for coverage.  Contact your local CHS agronomy sales representative with any questions about CHS Lumen.

April Grain Department Update

planting season

By Tim Guza, Grain Department Manager

Logistics
The grain department has been moving a lot of trains this year, although the last 30 days have been tougher than normal receiving trains due to the cold weather during the beginning of the month. We are down to our last two corn piles in Glenwood. 

Programs & Contract Options
We are currently offering free delayed pricing on soybeans and corn.  These bushels must be sold by 7/31/19 and cannot apply to a future contract. 
As we work to give farmers additional options for marketing grain, we are happy to announce that we are now also offering a NEW daily threshold contract. The program prices bushels when the futures market settles at or above the Trigger Price chosen, leaving the basis to be set by the producer at any time before First Notice Date or during or after the pricing period up to the delivery time, whichever is earlier.  During the pricing period if the closing settlement price is below the chosen Trigger Price, bushels will not be priced on that day, and the corresponding unpriced bushels will be averaged in the remaining days evenly until the end of the pricing period.  At the end of the pricing period, quantity for delivery will be set at the quantity priced during the pricing period.

To learn more about any of our contracting options, please contact a member of our grain marketing team.

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. 

CHS reports $596.3 million of net income for first six months of fiscal 2019

CHS Income

CHS Inc. reported net income of $248.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and $596.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2019.

“Our strong performance in the second quarter reflects our hard work at serving our owners and other customers better. We’ve refocused on serving our customers and improving our operations, and that has shown positive results in our financials for the first half of fiscal 2019,” said Jay Debertin, CHS president and chief executive officer. “Our performance also reflects the benefit of a diverse platform across business units that serves our cooperative and farmer-owners.”

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Park Rapids Panthers Fastpitch Softball Team Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Photo: Marion Goeden, Park Rapids Panthers Fastpitch Coach & Trisha Demarais, CHS Prairie Lakes Park Rapids Agronomy Sales Representative

Starbuck, Minn, Park Rapids Panthers Fastpitch Softball Team was awarded a Returning Value grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program. The softball program is typically made up of 40 middle school players and 30 high school players.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Marion Goeden, Park Rapids Panthers Fastpitch Coach to receive a $300 Local Donation to support the funding of softball equipment. The funds awarded are being used to buy game balls for their 7th grade varsity team.

Applying schools and local community organizations who are interested in applying for our Community Funds Giving Program are asked to state their plans for the grant money and 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 www.chsprairielakes.com.

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 www.chsprairielakes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Discovery Days Preschool Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Photo: Margaret Skogmo, Discovery Days Preschool Instructor & Amy Perreault, CHS Prairie Lakes Community Funds Administrator

Starbuck, Minn, Discovery Days Preschool was awarded a Returning Value grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Margaret Skogmo, Early Childhood Education Instructor, to receive a $950 grant to help fund the renovation of building a classroom bathroom. Have a restroom facility within the classroom allows the teacher to stay in the classroom while students need to use the facility, rather than leaving the room with the child.

Applying schools and local community organizations who are interested in applying for our Community Funds Giving Program are asked to state their plans for the grant money and 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 www.chsprairielakes.com.

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 www.chsprairielakes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Recognize, respect risks associated with grain handling

Grain powers American agriculture. During Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, March 25 through 29, we want to remind everyone working on farms and in grain-handling facilities to respect and understand the risks associated with working with grain.

“It’s important to continue to work with the industry, our employees and our farmer-owners on the hazards in the grain industry, while stressing safe practices and controls to ensure their safety,” says Matt Surdick, manager, Country Operations Environment, Health and Safety, CHS.

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