Three Points of Contact

The safest way to mount and dismount vehicles, equipment, and ladders is to maintain three points of constant contact. That means one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot – always. Anything less and you’re risking a fall.

Tips for Using the THREE-POINT System

• Always face towards the equipment.

• Get a firm grip on the rails or handles.

• Look for obstacles on the ground before exiting.

• Mount and dismount when the equipment is stopped.

• Break the three-point contact only when you reach the ground, cab, or platform.

• Slow down and take extra care in wet, snowy, or icy weather.

• Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.

• Wear shoes with good support.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

• Never jump – you may land off balance or on an uneven surface and fall

• Don’t climb down with something in your free hand – put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get to the ground.

• Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.

• Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.

Warning signs your diesel is water-contaminated

By Chad Christiansen, Product Quality and Additives Manager in Agriculture and Farming, CHS from the Cenexperts blog

filling a tractor with diesel fuel

Farmers have enough on their plates without needing to deal with water in their diesel. Despite their best efforts, though, sometimes accidents happen. Luckily, there are ways to remove water from diesel and methods to prevent water contamination from happening again.


Cenex® Automated Fuel Delivery

Your new favorite fuel tool.

At a glance, Automated Fuel Delivery (AFD) offers value through:

1.) Peace of Mind

With advanced tank monitoring, you (and our delivery team) know your updated fuel levels daily. No more waiting for a fill on an empty tank during the busy season, as your tank is automatically added to the delivery list as fuel is used.

2.) Time Savings

No more calls to your fuel supplier to place an order, and no more late night worry during the busy season on the status of your fuel tank. AFD makes fuel inventory easy to manage.

3.) Average Pricing

It always seems like you get a fuel delivery the day the markets are at monthly highs, right? With AFD, your pricing is set as an average throughout the month, evening out your fuel bill.

Think the market is going to go up? You can also buy out your tank, giving you flexible options on making smart input purchases.

Our team is happy to answer questions about this program or get you enrolled. Contact us today!

Dan Revering
Certified Energy Specialist
Cell: 218-205-7796

Believing in Balanced Crop Nutrition

MicroEssentials® SZ™ Raises the Perceived Corn Yield Ceiling

With improved technology helping farmers take advantage of every inch of the field, corn yields have been increasing over the past decade. But the yield ceiling for many fields is yet to be reached, often because
key nutrients removed by high-yield systems are not being replenished to a level needed for increased yields.

The importance of balanced crop nutrition can’t be overlooked. In fact, with up to 60 percent of yield dependent on soil fertility, choosing the right fertilizer is critical. Providing corn crops complete nutrition from the moment the seed hits the ground through the entire growing season is one of the best ways to improve plant health and increase the yield of each plant.

With so much on the line, it makes sense to depend on the most advanced fertilizer product on the market to provide your corn crop the nutrition it needs. MicroEssentials® SZ™ is proven to increase corn yields by providing industry-best effectiveness and efficiency.

The Difference Is in the Research and Technology

Built on more than 10 years of agronomic research, The Mosaic Company’s line of premium fertilizer products, including MicroEssentials SZ, provides a balanced cornbinatioo of nutrients. Each granule of MicroEssentials SZ (12-40-0-10S-1Zn) contains nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc together to ensure the right balance of nutrients is available to the plant. Only MicroEssentials with patented Fusion® technology combines four key nutrients into one nutritionally balanced granule, creating a single source for balanced crop nutrition.

Long-term research shows that MicroEssentials SZ outperforms MAP, providing a yield increase of 7.2 bu/ac on average and a yield increase of 8.8 bu/ac on average compared to DAP.

Four Key Benefits of Micro Essentials SZ

Uniform nutrient distribution
Each granule of MicroEssentials SZ is uniquely formulated, so when it is applied, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc are all delivered at an even rate across the field to easily achieve uniform nutrient distribution. This means plant roots have more access to reach the key nutrients needed for optimal growth.

Improved nutrient uptake
The innovative Fusion technology used to develop MicroEssentials SZ also gives every granule an identical chemical makeup that promotes interaction between the different nutrients, which in turn encourages nutrient uptake. In fact, across a broad range of soil types, research has shown that MicroEssentials SZ helps plants take up as much as 28 percent more phosphorus.

Season-long sulfur availability
Today, crops need additional sulfur, and need it through the entire growng season. MicroEssentials SZ helps address this increased need. Sulfur is immobile in the corn plant, so two types of sulfur are recommended to ensure season-long availability. MicroEssentials SZ contains both sulfate, which is available immediately and used as a corn plant begins to grow, and elemental sulfur, which breaks down in soil over time and is available for the later stages of growth.

Return on investment
MicroEssentials provides a return on your investment by increasing yield and your bottom line. Develop a fertilizer plan with MicroEssentials that is customized for your yield goals and soil nutrient levels.

Get Your Head in the Dirt

As long as corn has been grown, the focus on improvement has remained above ground, with increased yields. But perhaps it’s time to look several feet lower to find additional yield potential. Providing a corn crop with balanced crop nutrition right from the start gives it the advantage it needs to yield higher. MicroEssentials SZ offers four nutrients in each balanced granule. With up to 60 percent of yield dependent on soil fertility, isn’t it time to change your perspective on what it takes to reach your yield ceiling?
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Battle Lake Fire Department Receives Grant from Seeds for Stewardship

HERMAN, MINNESOTA. (AUGUST 3, 2020) – Every second counts when detecting and fighting fires, and through a donation from CHS, the Battle Lake Fire Department has purchased a newer grass fire truck to fight fires quicker and keep their volunteer firefighters safer. 

The fire department received a $5,000 grant through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant program to purchase the new grass truck and firefighting equipment. 

“The Battle Lake Fire Department is made up of 20 volunteer firefighters and provides service to citizens of the Battle Lake area and four area townships,” says Brock Bleichner, Battle Lake Fire Dept. volunteer and CHS employee. “Their mission is to prevent fires through education, to fight fires and to preserve and protect life and property against injury and damage from fires in their coverage area. Having a new grass fire truck will make fighting grass fires quicker to protect farmland and homes. Replacing SCBA tanks and masks and having new turn out gear will keep these volunteer firefighters safer to ensure they can return home to their families.” 

CHS is committed to putting the safety of its employees, owners, customers and communities first every day and has dedicated money to fund projects in safety and ag leadership development through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.  

For CHS in Herman, this grant decision was an easy one to make: “Battle Lake MN is only 19 miles from our Fergus Falls location.  Not only do we have an active full-time employee that serves as a volunteer firefighter with this fire department, we have many patrons and employees living in this area,” says Jerry Kramer, CHS General Manager. 

Locally, CHS provides funding to area FFA programs, offers scholarships for first year college students, and promotes various community events such as farm, agriculture and safety-related events. 

Since 2019, CHS retail locations have awarded more than $270,000 in matching funds through the program. 

The CHS ag retail business based out of Herman, Minnesota delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from 11 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 ProAdvantage Program

How to diversify your grain marketing 

Diversification is a proven risk management strategy, and it’s one that you can easily apply to your grain marketing. With the CHS Pro Advantage contract, the experienced commodity experts at CHS Hedging will professionally price a portion of your corn, soybean and/or wheat bushels for you. You’ll save time. You’ll have less worry. And you’ll gain valuable insights that can help you when you’re selling your other bushels.  

How does it work? You commit a specific number of bushels (no minimum) for a specific delivery destination. The CHS Hedging professionals price your bushels over a set period of time. Cash settlement price is based on the performance of the futures and options traded in the program by the professionals. You’ll receive monthly updates and marketing insights. The basis decision remains with you  

You can sign up corn, soybean and spring wheat bushels through December 11, 2020. You can also opt to enroll your corn and soybean bushels for an extended pricing period; early sign-up ends August 28, 2020. Ask us about CHS Pro Advantage today!  

This communication is a solicitation and for informational purposes only. There is a risk of loss when engaging in these kinds of transactions.  

© 2020 CHS Hedging, LLC. CHS Hedging, LLC is a subsidiary of CHS Inc. 

Plan Ahead to Purchase Cenex® Grease this Summer for Gift Cards

Now through August 14, 2020, end-users can earn VISA® gift cards on qualifying Cenex® grease products. End-users will receive a $15 gift card for every qualifying 4-10 pack or 35-pound pail purchased during the qualifying time frame.

Customers may also receive a $50 VISA gift card for every qualifying 120-pound keg purchased during the promotional window. Qualifying grease products include:

  • HD Moly Xtreme
  • Poly-Xtreme®
  • Maxtron® EP
  • Blue Gard 500+™
  • Molyplex 500+
  • Maxtron® FS
  • Red Protect XT™
  • ML 365®
  • Fluid Gear Grease
How it works:
  1. Provide a copy of the redemption form to the end-user to submit their claim. You can get these forms from your Certified Energy Specialist
  2. End-user completes the Summer Grease for Gift Cards redemption form, attaches required receipts, and mails it to CHS post-marked no later than September 16, 2020.

Contact your local CHS CES with any questions!

Wheat Harvest Safety Tips

As harvest season starts to draw near, it’s important to remember to keep safety in mind when moving augers and big equipment.

Here are a few tips for wheat harvest safety this season:

  • Keep careful watch for overhead power lines, especially in fields you visit regularly throughout the year, as you may habitually drive in without thinking about changes in your equipment size and height.
  • Harvest also leads to more driving on narrow roads and in low-light conditions, so be sure to practice defensive driving to protect yourself from traffic that may not remember how to share the road with large equipment.
  • Check your lights each time before you go out, ensure you have slow moving vehicle signage when needed, and plan your routes to avoid high-traffic roadways when at all possible.

From your team at CHS, we wish you a safe harvest season!

© 2022 CHS Inc.

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