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You are invited to the 2019 CHS Owners Forums

register for a 2019 CHS owners forumThe 2019 CHS Owners Forums will be held at 11 sites across the country in May and June. As an owner of CHS, we invite you to join us at the forum nearest you to hear business updates from CHS leadership including CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin. We will also take a look at industry trends and will be asking for your input on how we can make connections that support long-term success. Forums will wrap up with lunch at noon. Please register to reserve your spot.

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 three days before a digging project, wait for underground utilities to be marked and don’t dig within two feet of those markers.

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. (more…)

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.”


Recognize, respect risks associated with grain handling

grain safety
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. (more…)

It Takes Talent to Feed the World

By Nanci Lilja, President, CHS Foundation

National Ag DayWhen most people think of agriculture, they wonder how we are going to feed the growing population of 9.6 billion by 2050.  And while that’s an important question to consider, I find myself thinking more often about the individuals needed to fill the talent pipeline to feed that growing population.

With nearly 4 in 10 agriculture jobs going unfilled each year and the average-age of farmers ever increasing, it’s going to take a pragmatic, creative approach to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture. (more…)

CHS adds crop protection distribution with acquisition of West Central

West Central Distribution truck
CHS has completed the acquisition of West Central Distribution, LLC, a full-service wholesale distributor of agronomy products headquartered in Willmar, Minnesota.

“Completing the acquisition of West Central demonstrates our commitment to provide more of the products, services and technologies cooperatives, retailers and our farmer-owners need to compete,” said Gary Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS Agronomy. “Ownership of West Central expands our agronomy platform, positions CHS as a leading supply partner to cooperatives and retailers serving growers throughout the United States and adds value for CHS owners.”


Will 2019 be a disease year?

It may be impossible to tell with complete certainty where a disease will be an issue, but most people can agree on the conditions that can lead to disease. These conditions, otherwise known as the Disease Triangle, include a susceptible host, a conducive environment and a pathogen. When those three things collide, there will be a disease issue.

disease triangleThough we can see the triangle forming, we can’t always predict how strong the pathogen will spread or how strong it will be. Because we are unable to make this prediction, prevention and planning are key to stopping the spread of diseases.

Set up for success

Since a healthy plant withstands stress significantly better than one facing nutrient deficiencies or disease and insect pressure, creating a prevention plan catered to a grower’s specific situation is recommended.

Early planting has a number of benefits including increased yield and the potential to avoid an early fall frost. As many growers aim to get an early start to planting, there are specific challenges to keep in mind. For example, the earlier growers plant, the cooler the soil may be, which can delay emergence, slow plant growth and make seeds more susceptible to disease pressure.

Establishing a crop protection plan

Seed treatment is a valuable tool to protect the seed and young seedling. When used as part of a crop protection plan, seed treatments can add a layer of protection for plant development. As part of that protection plan, utilizing fungicides in the strobilurin family can protect the developing seedling and clean up the soil in the root zone, minimizing disease inoculum throughout the season.

In addition to disease control and cleaning up the soil, strobilurin fungicides provide additional plant health benefits including increased greening, improved drought tolerance and better resistance to later season diseases and insects.

Using a fungicide at plant

Historically, there’s been a challenge putting fungicides down at plant because they either required additional equipment or didn’t mix well with liquid fertilizer, other chemicals or micronutrients. Talk to your local agronomist about fungicides that are fertilizer-compatible.


Original Source: Leaders of In-Furrow Technology, West Central

FFA: Funding future agriculturalists

FFA Students

One of the largest rural youth leadership organizations, FFA, kicks off National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23 to celebrate all things ag leaders, blue corduroy and agricultural education.  Many CHS employees are former FFA members and many CHS locations are involved with their local FFA chapters.

To celebrate National FFA Week, CHS Foundation President Nanci Lilja answered a few questions about why the CHS Foundation supports FFA and what makes this partnership so special.

Q:  What is FFA?

FFA is a youth organization that uses agricultural education to prepare middle and high school students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  FFA helps members develop their talent and leadership skills and explore their interests in agriculture through hands-on opportunities, classroom instruction, career development events (CDEs), leadership conferences and much more.

Q: How does the CHS Foundation support FFA?

The CHS Foundation is two years into its three- year, $3.8 million grant to National FFA that supports proficiencies and career development events, New Century Farmer and teacher education and retention programs.  In addition, the CHS Foundation also supports 17 state FFA associations throughout the CHS trade territory.  That funding varies by state, but also supports proficiencies and career development events, state FFA officer teams, leadership conferences and even jackets for students who may not be able to afford them.

Q: Why does the CHS Foundation support FFA?

CHS, the CHS Foundation and FFA have a few things in common, and one of those is recognizing that well-trained, passionate individuals are needed to ensure agriculture is successful far into the future.  FFA students are those individuals. They are developing strong leadership skills through hands-on agricultural-based education and activities. While 55 percent of FFA members come from rural areas, an increasing percentage represent a wide array of diverse backgrounds and FFA is their first introduction to agriculture.  We consider our support of FFA a smart investment in future leaders and the talent pipeline.

Q: What makes FFA special?

The students! Every time I have the privilege to interact with FFA students, I am impressed at their thoughtfulness, creativity and passion.  FFA develops strong and capable leaders that understand agriculture.  With these students leading the next generation, I’m confident our industry is in good hands.

To learn more about how the CHS Foundation supports other organizations that develop ag leaders for life, visit

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