CHS reports a net income of $346.7 million for the first half of fiscal 2018

CHS income fiscal 2018

 

CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today reported net income of $346.7 million for the first half of its 2018 fiscal year (six-month period ended Feb. 28, 2018), compared to net income of $223.7 million for the same time period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the first half of fiscal 2018 were $14.9 billion, down from $15.4 billion for the first half of fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $185.0 million and $249.1 million for the first half of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively. (more…)

Grain Markets Update

By Rich Cole, Grain Manager

 

Corn quality and railroad performance have been the two main features in the grain world lately. Robust corn exports off the PNW has created a much needed and welcome demand boost, along with some basis opportunity; but all the demand leaves us prone to railroad performance. The snow and cold temperatures that occurred along the PNW corridor in February hampered BNSF movement, slowed them down considerably, and spiked car values. This created a logistics knot that has taken quite a few weeks to untie and pushed back loadings at our elevators as we waited for cars. Recently, the BNSF has finally started catching up and has been pushing in train after train close together, making it quite a challenging situation at our locations.

Quality is the next big issue this year that we are struggling with. Early this winter it seemed the cold temperatures were causing the corn to crack and break but as the weather has warmed up we are still dealing with high amounts of FM. Perhaps this is related to growing degree days, the maturity of the corn, or maybe the speed of drying. Regardless of the reasons for it, we are continuing to struggle with quality and have a big book of trains yet to load in the coming months. We have taken discounts on everything from grades to screenings generated to demurrage on trains as loading has taken considerable effort. We appreciate your understanding and effort also as we’ve gone from sitting full waiting on trains to taking deliveries on extended hours to get these trains loaded.

From a market point of view, next up is the March 29th acreage report. Trade guesses are for the U.S. to plant more soybeans than corn for the first time in over 30 years. Time will tell what the actual numbers will be but it is certain to cause some volatility in our already volatile markets. Planting season is right around the corner and we want to wish everyone a safe and productive spring!

 

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. 

 

Unlock More Potential with CHS Unlocked™

By Byron Fischer, CHS Key Agronomy Specialist

There are many growth regulators on the market.  Why choose CHS Unlocked?  CHS Unlocked contains naturally derived Cytokinin, Auxins, and Gibberellins in the right balance to improve growth and development of many crops.  Having the right balance is actually of more importance than having greater amounts when it comes to plant growth regulators (PGRs).  PGRs are important because they induce cell division, stimulate cell enlargement, delay senescence (loss of cell division and growth), overcome stress and improve nutrient mobilization.

One feature that causes CHS Unlocked to stand out when compared to other products on the market is that it is naturally derived.  This enables CHS Unlocked to be in a formulation that “fits” into the plant receptors, due to its natural derivation.  This enables quicker uptake and thus increased activity.  Bottom line is increased ROI.

Below is a photo of CHS Unlocked compared to a competitive product, which was taken during the 2017 growing season at a trial in Staples, MN.  You can easily see the difference CHS Unlocked makes in the plant!

Interested in learning more about CHS Unlocked?  Contact a member of our agronomy staff for more information about this product and what else CHS can do to support your farm in 2018!

Demonstrating safety in the communities where we work

ResponsibleAg

CHS now has more than 100 ResponsibleAg certified facilities from its CHS Country Operations and CHS Agronomy divisions. Out of all U.S. fertilizer facilities receiving this certification, CHS represents 12 percent of the total.

ResponsibleAg was started in 2014 to assist agribusinesses as they sought to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. The rigorous application process includes a checklist of more than 320 questions about federal regulatory requirements. To be certified as a ResponsibleAg facility, locations must be 100 percent compliant with the entire checklist. (more…)

Students storm the Hill with fresh perspectives and CHS support

When people ask CHS Government Affairs staff what it’s like to work as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., they’re always curious about how the political landscape has changed in recent years. Sarah Gallo, director, CHS Government Affairs, is happy to share anecdotes, but she’d rather discuss how the conversation about agriculture has evolved. Students, farmers and the ag industry will carry that message to Capitol Hill on National Ag Day, to be celebrated March 20 in Washington, D.C., and across the country. (more…)

February 28 Grain Market Update

 

By Tom Bovee, CHS New Horizons Grain Procurement

 

Argentina is all the rage and all eyes are focused on it, as the country has driven the market well beyond most forecasters’ expectations. Rain makes grain; therefore, this week was the first time someone lowered expected bean yields out of Argentina since the drought started. This also shows us just how resilient people believe these crops can be. Still, any reduction in yield means more of an export market for those looking to export beans.  Beans are $0.74 higher and corn $0.25 higher than they were on Jan 1st. Funds have now started to go long  on beans and corn, positioning themselves to defend this rally. Slow planting progress on Brazil’s 2nd crop is leading corn to new highs. It appears Brazil is as wet as Argentina is dry.

Marketing: Beans seem to find a high during the day/night before trailing off before the close of each market. This is the prime example of why you need to have offers in place with your marketer. Corn looks to finally test the magic $4.00 futures number as we push on that wall of resistance. It’s a large hurdle but one that, if overcome, should lead us to some great opportunities. As always with a weather driven market, be ready to make a move.

For more on the current state of the markets and what contracting opportunities are available, contact a member of your CHS New Horizons grain 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. 

B20 Workshop Series

Were you aware that beginning May 1, 2018, the minimum biodiesel requirement in Minnesota’s No. 2 diesel fuel increases to 20 percent during warm weather months?  Industry partners are hosting informational seminars in Minnesota to provide additional information on this change.  As this is a change that will impact our AFD and fuel customers, we encourage you to attend a seminar if you are able to learn more about how this will impact you.

Topics include:

  • History and overview of the law
  • Compliance
  • Diesel & biodiesel basics
  • Storage, handling, and use best practices
  • Blending in spring and fall
  • Identifying, treating and preventing common diesel issues

 

Speakers include individuals from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Weights & Measures Division, and MEG Corp Fuel Consulting.

Below are the upcoming event dates and locations.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to 952-473-0044 or Jennifer@megcorpmn.comAs always, contact your CHS energy department with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 5

Mankato – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Courtyard by Marriot Event Center: 901 Raintree Road

 

Tuesday, March 6

Worthington – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Worthington Event Center: 1447 Prairie Drive

 

Marshall – 2:30PM to 4:30PM

AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 1406 E. Lyon St

 

Wednesday, March 7

Willmar – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

American Legion: 220 19th Ave SW

 

Tuesday, March 13

Alexandria – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Holiday Inn: 5637 Highway 29 South

 

Wednesday, March 14

Moorhead – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Courtyard by Marriott: 1080 28th Avenue South

 

Tuesday, March 20

Winona – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

The Plaza Hotel & Suites: 1025 Highway 61 E

 

Wednesday, March 21

Rochester – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Hampton Inn & Suites: 2870 59th Street NW

 

Albert Lea – 2:30PM to 4:30PM

Leo Carey American Legion Post 56: 142 N Broadway Ave

 

Thursday, March 22

St. Cloud – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Courtyard by Marriott: 404 W St Germain St

White Mold Management Practices

By Brian Oachs, CHS Agronomy Sales Representative

Last year, a number of areas within our trade territory had the ideal conditions for white mold, with wet and humid weather conditions.  If you’re wondering how to reduce your risk of white mold, keep the below tips in mind as you make your plans for 2018.

  • Identify which fields you saw white mold in last year and the year prior. Sclerotia, the fungus that causes white mold, can survive in soybean residue and in the soil, making it important to note where it has existed in the past.
  • Give consideration to your crop rotation. If white mold is a big issue on specific acres, consider giving an extra year before you plant soybeans on those acres again.
  • Make your soybean selection carefully. Choose a bean with a higher white mold tolerance, or look for a plant that growers taller with less foliage to trap in moisture.
  • Plant in wider rows. Greater row spacing allows for more air movement between the plants, decreasing the environment that white mold thrives in.
  • Consider fungicide or herbicide applications, as appropriate.

Concerned about the potential for white mold on your acres in 2018?  Curious what seed options there are to help set your field up on the right foot?  Contact your Agronomy Sales Representative for additional information.

Winds of change in China

global agriculture

By Joe Lardy, research manager, CHS Hedging

China has had a long-standing policy to be self-sufficient in key food source production, including rice, wheat and corn. In 2004, the Chinese government made historic adjustments to its agriculture policy when it eliminated taxes on agriculture and created a new system of subsidies for key commodities. The subsidies supported seed and machinery purchases and resulted in improved infrastructure.

This set the stage for a huge buildup of acreage devoted to corn production. (more…)

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